How to Remove a Seat in a Toyota

by Russell Wood

The seats in a Toyota provide comfort for the driver as well as protection from accidents. Seats can wear down over time, making them not only uncomfortable, but also unattractive to look at. You can install a new set of seat covers, but to really restore the seats, you need to take them out and have them reupholstered completely. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2003 Toyota Camry, but the process is similar for other Toyota vehicles as well.

Slide the seat to its farthest forward position, either by using the power adjustments on the side of the seat or by holding up the seat adjuster on the base of the seat, depending on your model.

Sit in the back seat. Remove the plastic covers at the bottom of the seat by hand to expose the seat bolts.

Unbolt the rear of the seat using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

Slide the seat to its farthest back position. Remove the front seat bolts, underneath the very front edge of the seat, using an open-end wrench or a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

Tilt the top of the seat forward using the seat adjuster on the outside of the seat. Tilt the seat forward towards the dashboard, and unplug any electrical connections underneath the seat.

Hold the seat by the top near the headrest and put your other hand on the bottom of the seat. Lift the seat up out of the car.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.