***This write-up can also be viewed in the Body of Knowledge - '92+ CV/GMQ/MM/TC Seat Cover removal - by martz0r*** -d
So, I was aware you could remove the seat covers on our cars but had no idea how. Seemed like a daunting task. After looking for ways to clean the seat covers, I saw SgtTaz post that he puts his in the wash. Of course being the insomniac that I am, I started this project around 2 this morning and it's now 4:30 and my covers are in the washing machine. I also took pics and figured I'd throw them together so all you with bucket seats can reap the benefits of clean seats, and found money under those seats! I found about 2 dollars worth of change since the last time I had my seats out.
Things you'll need:
First, it will be a lot easier with the seats out of the car.
Remove the 2 front bolts, 13mm that hold the seat down. In this picture, you'll also see one of the long clips that is supposed to connect to the bottom of the seat to help stabilize the seat cover:
Remove the 2 rear seat bolts, one is 18mm one is 13mm:
This is one of the places youll need the flathead, to remove the connectors under the seat:
Why was this under my seat?
Now that the seat is out, lets remove the headrests.
Those holders, just rip those babies right out.
Pictured here is a clip that belongs to the lining of the bottom seat cover which youll need to remove
This clip holds the side of the seat cushion cover. There is one of these on either side.
I found it easier to remove the cover from the seat back first, then move on to the butt cushion cover. lol. Here's the back side of the seat, on the bottom. Another clip you need to undo! There are actually two connected together, one belongs to the seat back cover and one to the bottom cover.
Unclipped. You can also see the zipper you need to unzip, theres one of these on each side of the seat.
When you remove any of the covers, take care as they are velcroed in cross sections and if you pull too hard or quickly, the velcro strip can pull off the cushion causing your seat cover to be loose.
Now to remove the bottom cushion cover, on each side of the seat on the bottom you need to undo the clips. I got a close up to show how they rest in there:
You need to remove this bolt that connects the seat frame together, it is a 14mm and without doing this you won't be able to get the cover off.
Removed the seat back cushion just to check out how it worked... You can see the huge anti-stab plate:
I did the headrests, too. Boy, what a B!TCH to get those covers off! You have to disconnect the clip, then I had to wrestle the headrest to pull the corners of the cover over the cushion because the hole in the cover was barely large enough.
If you want yellow seats, you can stop here.
Youre done! Throw the covers in the washing machine, as of finishing this I am washing them a second time just to be on the safe side. Let them air dry as you dont want to put the covers in the dryer with the plastic connectors.
I'll update with before/after pics of the covers if there is any real difference. Mine were pretty damn dirty and after the first time through the washing machine, there was a film of dirt on the inside of the washer. This time, I am doing it with warm water, and sprayed the stains directly with Shout. Let me know what ya think!