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Removal of Front Seats

Postby RobtRoma - May 12th, 2008, 4:16 pm

I'm figuring this should be fairly easy but I thought I'd ask anyway. I would like to remove my front seats so that I can re-paint the tracks. There is a lot of rust around the areas where the seats bolt to the floor and I'd like to fix it. Anyone else having or had this issue? The driver side seat is power operated and I have the side airbags. I would assume I would need to disconnect the wiring under the seat and just unbolt the seats. Things I'm thinking about: How hard is it to separate the tracks from the seat once out of the vehicle? Do I need to use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts back down? Do we need to do anything special do disconnect or connect the airbags? Stuff like that...
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby jpark - May 12th, 2008, 4:40 pm

I'm putting up a post for it under How-To: 2001-2004 Models.

It's... er... a little involved, especially with the airbags.

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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby RobtRoma - May 12th, 2008, 6:06 pm

Holy Hand Grenade Batman!!! :shock:

Thanks for posting that for me jpark. I'm glad I asked 'cause I never expected that much work to take out a seat. I'm not sure I want to get into all that for some rust that I only see when I vacuum out my Escape. I wonder if I can mask off the carpet, seat and other interior bits and just paint it in place... hmmm...
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby jpark - May 12th, 2008, 6:18 pm

I didn't expect it to be that much work, either!

:shock:

I can take a look at the diagrams again tomorrow to see if you can remove only the tracks and leave the seat sitting on the floor.
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby Charles - May 12th, 2008, 7:04 pm

I was amazed :shock: :shock: at the number of steps (and warnings for that matter) involved in removing the driver's seat.
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby RobtRoma - May 12th, 2008, 9:32 pm

Me too... I don't really want to try this now. I didn't get to read thru all of it (because I'm stuck at work... at 9:30 pm) but it seems most of it has to do with the airbags. I don't want to play with them. Last thing I need it to replace them and my seats after accidently setting them off...
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby stone - August 18th, 2008, 8:54 am

Will you be installing a laptop mount?
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby RobtRoma - August 19th, 2008, 7:21 am

stone wrote:Will you be installing a laptop mount?

Nope... wasn't planning on it. Just wanted to paint the rusting rails under the seat but decided against it when I saw all the steps involved because of the airbags.
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby handyrocks - October 21st, 2016, 7:21 pm

[quote="jpark"]I'm putting up a post for it under [b]How-To: 2001-2004 Models[/b].

It's... er... a little involved, especially with the airbags.

:shock:[/quote]

Soooo I am new to the forum. I don't understand how to get to the write up you posted. I can get to the "How-To" section but then I don't see another subcategory for 2001-2004 Models. Is there a link or something?
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Re: Removal of Front Seats

Postby thesavo - October 21st, 2016, 9:48 pm

They are all in one category

Here is the airbag DE power directions.

viewtopic.php?t=2370

Here is a thread about a 2008
viewtopic.php?t=28594

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