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How to Remove a Headrest From a S10 Pickup Seat

by Cassandra Tribe

When you buy new seat covers or want to install a headrest monitor in your Chevy S-10, the last thing you are thinking is that removing the headrest will be difficult. Depending on the year and model of your S-10, you might have a fixed headrest, one that is adjustable by pressing a button or one that is adjustable by squeezing the posts together at the top of the seat. No matter which style of headrest you have, you can remove a headrest from an S-10 pickup seat in about an hour.

Fixed Headrest

1

Release the back of the seat, and fold the seat forward so you can reach the bottom of the back support.

2

Remove the seat cover. If your cover is leather or cloth, you will find snaps or a zipper at the bottom of the back-support portion of the seat. Undo the fastener, and slide the cover off. If you have a carpeted board backing your seat, press along the edges of the board to pop it out of the retaining clips, and remove the board.

3

Cut the fixed headrest off the frame of the seat body, using a reciprocating saw.

Adjustable Headrest with Button Release

1

Reach under the headrest, and depress the release button. The button will be on the base of one of the support posts for the headrest. Hold the button in, and pull the headrest up as far as it can go.

2

Insert a small nail into the hole on the side of the plastic base of the support post (which side it will be on varies by S-10 model year).

3

Press the nail into the hole. This will release the internal stop clip, and then you can remove the headrest completely.

Adjustable Headrest (No Release Button)

1

Release the back of the seat, and fold the seat forward so you can reach the bottom of the back support.

2

Remove the seat cover. If your cover is leather or cloth, you will find snaps or a zipper at the bottom of the back-support portion of the seat. Undo the fastener, and slide the cover off. If you have a carpeted board backing your seat, press along the edges of the board to pop it out of the retaining clips, and remove the board.

3

Reach up inside the frame of the seat, and depress the retaining clip holding the headrest in the seat. Pull the headrest out of the frame.

Tip

  • If you have a squeeze-and-release type headrest, have someone help you when you remove it. The process will be much easier if one of you is depressing the clip inside the seat frame while the other removes the headrest.

Warning

  • Do not operate your Chevy S-10 without a headrest attached to the seat. New federal safety regulations require headrests in vehicles, so you could be ticketed if you remove them.

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About the Author

Cassandra Tribe has worked in the construction field for over 17 years and has experience in a variety of mechanical, scientific, automotive and mathematical forms. She has been writing and editing for over 10 years. Her areas of interest include culture and society, automotive, computers, business, the Internet, science and structural engineering and implementation.

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