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How to Remove the Back Seat of a 1992 Nissan Maxima

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Removing the back seat from your Nissan Maxima might be necessary to clean or replace the carpet, or you might wish to replace the seats or have them reupholstered or cleaned. The 1992 Maxima is part of Nissan's popular midsize sport sedan's third generation; it's identical to Maxima models made between 1989 and 1994. Removing the back seat isn't difficult. It should take approximately 20 minutes.

Step 1

Flip down the center armrest on the rear seat back. On the lower part of the armrest, you'll find a hinge. Each side has a Phillips-head screw that attaches the armrest to the rear seatback. Remove these Phillips-head screws and pull the center armrest off.

Step 2

Inspect the area the center armrest folds into. Look for two plastic screw covers. Pry these covers off with a flat-head screwdriver. There are two Phillips-head screws behind the covers; remove them to unhook the rear seat-back brace.

Step 3

Pull up on the front part of the rear seat cushion to disengage the hooks. Then lift the seat cushion at a 45-degree angle and pull it out to disengage the hooks from the rear part of the seat cushion. This detaches the cushion from the floorboard. Pull the cushion out of the Maxima.

Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the bottom part of each bolster. These screws are visible when the cushion is removed. Pull or push the rear seat back upward to disengage its three hooks. Pull the rear seat back out of the Maxima.

Tip

  • The rear-seat mounting screws are "bolt-screws." You can use a socket wrench or a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove them. When reinstalling the seat bolts, tighten them to 15 foot-pounds of torque.

Items you will need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Socket wrench (optional)

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