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Remove Drivers Recaro seat in an S3

dmac626 Apr 24, 2011

  1. dmac626

    dmac626 Registered User

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    Hiya guys, just a quick reference for you all, regards Recaro seats in the A3/S3. Just had a good day, spent 6 hrs figuring out the best way to take out the Recaro seat to replace the switching unit in the side panel-drivers side. Wouldn't believe the hassle involved to get to it, had to strip it down to nuts and bolts to get it! First, disconnect the battery earth cable. You're messing with airbags, so take care. To remove.....push seat as far back as it goes. Undo electrical connections underneath.

    There's 3 of them, and they're all underneath the metal plate underneath the seat frame, coloured yellow, green and red. Little bit fiddly, but all pull out (with a screwdriver to lever up plastic release) towards the front of the car. Careful with the yellow - it's the airbag circuit, hence disconnecting the battery first! Undo the two bolts right at the front of the seat frame - they hold the entire seat to the chassis. Push seat all the way forward and look at the channel the seat runners are fitted in.

    At the back of these channels are two innocuous (sp!?) looking black plastic covers. The one on the door panel side has a little plastic cover you lever off to reveal a cross-head bolt - take this out and the panel comes out relatively simply. On the transmission tunnel side, it's a bit trickier to work out! Grab the entire unit, and force towards the back of the car....gently 'encourage with a screwdriver if need be...and it pops out! It does eventually, believe! Set the seat back so's you can climb behind the wheel, then without pulling up the seat adjust lever, push the whole seat back.

    This frees the rear runners of the seat. The door side takes a bit of levering past the bottom of the seatbelt restraint (silver bar....screwdriver again!). The only thing holding the seat in is the little runner at the bottom of the seatbelt clip on the tunnel side! Grab the seat and waggle around....it pops out quite easily in the end. Goes back in the same way....the only issue being the seatbelt runner, but present it to the slot, and lever it into somewhere close, wiggle the whole seat, and fingers crossed, the ****** thing just pops back in!

    Everything else is easy on the re-fit. I've been a mechanic for coming up 15 years, and it took me f**king forever to figure the ******* out! Once I'd figured it out, I reckon you can pop the seat out in 15 mins! Took me nearly 3 hrs, so thought I'd post the step by step! Careful when reconnecting the airbag circuit, and make sure nobody's in the car when you reconnect the battery! Sweet!
     
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  3. dmac626

    dmac626 Registered User

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    Anyone need more info on Recardo seats, drop me a line. Stripped the drivers seat to nuts and bolts a few days ago, and know how ****** tricky it can be. Enjoy.
     
  4. Frankus

    Frankus Old but built for speed!

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    Oh dear looks like I will be following you're how to! Excellent job on the write up cheers
     
  5. Lavis89

    Lavis89 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    What was broken in your seat? one of my switches does nothing at the moment, need to look at fixing it at some point. my seat doesn't tilt up or down (thankfully it's in a decent position at the moment so had no need to mess with it)
     
  6. Frankus

    Frankus Old but built for speed!

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    Well mine was working fully but now the seat up switch ha packed in
     
  7. Speedy Steve

    Speedy Steve Registered User

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    Its actually really easy to remove the seats. 1 tiny screw and 2 bolts

    Remove plastic covers from the end of the runners.
    Remover plastic cover under the front of the seat and undo the two bolts.
    Disconnect battery earth
    Disconnect the two or three plugs under the seat.
    Slide seat backwards out of the runner slots.
    Be prepared for one heavy *** seat!

    I found it a little tough to get the seat out but once its all the way back tilt it towards you and push the bottom away from you and it comes out.
     
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    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator

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    Speedy who now?

    ;) x

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  9. Frankus

    Frankus Old but built for speed!

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    Ok that sounds reasonable thanks!
     

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