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Old 10-28-2009, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to remove the front passenger seat temporarily to fit in a harpsichord - and do this now and then.

Does anyone know of a trick to getting the seat off the rails, or must I unbolt the whole thing?

Is there any problem driving with the "safety" (yellow) connectors disconnected? (I expect that I should have the battery disconnected before removing them.
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Removing the seat is easy. There are 2 bolts in the front, and 2 in the rear. You'll probably have to pop off some plastic trim to get to the rear bolts. All in all, it will take about 5 minutes to do it.

The yellow harness goes to the side airbag. The airbag light will probably go on if you drive with it disconnected, which might disable the system. They probably won't go off on their own.
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How large is the harpsicord? Would lowering the front passenger seatback into the full recline position be sufficient?

A short while ago I picked up some long boxes of hardwood flooring. They wouldn't fit behind the front seats and I didn't have the roof rack cross members to try to put them up there.

So, I removed the front passenger seat headrest, moved the seat fully forward, reclined it backwards as far as it would go, and covered it with a blanket. (The seat back won't go fully flat, as it overlaps the rear seat bench). The boxes were then put in over the seat, tied together and straped down to keep them from shifting. They were resting on the upper edge of the seat back and after unloading there were small indentations in the top edge of the seat back, but these disappeared within a short time.)
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