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Old 12-20-2006, 02:24 PM
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w210 seat cover removal help

Did the 'search feature' already. didnt come up with anything
I have to remove the driver's side leather from the sitting area in order to change the pad and spring case.
Could someone kindly post a link or steps on how to get the leather off the seat so that the items mentioned above can be changed.
The pad and spring case are available at the dealer. Just need to know how to properly take off the leather seat covers and put them back as well.
thnx in advance.
p.s. it's for the 00 e430 with heated seats.

also, the headrest motor needs to be replaced. while we're at it could we get the DIY on the replacement on that as well

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Old 12-20-2006, 02:48 PM
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Buy the Service DVD from Mercedes.

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Old 12-20-2006, 02:55 PM
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Buy the Service DVD from Mercedes.

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That answer can be given for almost every question asked in this forum. which would result in no need for a DIY forum to begin with. thanx anyways
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:59 PM
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I will tackle almost anything, and after getting two seat bottoms from GAHH, attempted it, and abruptly aborted it after getting the cushion out. I found an upholstery shop that MB uses and they did both for $200, and got it back the same day.
You will find MB does not do hog rings, they have an inverted lip that the material pushes into with a stiffening ring. They also use some plastic ties to hold the cushion onto the springs in the frame
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:08 PM
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I will tackle almost anything, and after getting two seat bottoms from GAHH, attempted it, and abruptly aborted it after getting the cushion out. I found an upholstery shop that MB uses and they did both for $200, and got it back the same day.
You will find MB does not do hog rings, they have an inverted lip that the material pushes into with a stiffening ring. They also use some plastic ties to hold the cushion onto the springs in the frame
Thanks for the input. I will try to find out who mercedes is using here locally for their upholstery needs. However, I'm guessing it shouldnt be that bad of a job. I'm only looking to replace the pad if not the spring case .
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:41 PM
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Its NOT hard...I Did My W210 front seats several times..first adding seat heaters..then adding multicontour/heat/ventilated mods to the frames

Its Just folded over..remove the seat frames and seat belts..its EASY!
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:42 PM
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I've done LOTS of 210 seat heater pads, it's not that bad of a job. Remove seat (if you need help let me know). Take the side trim off the lower covers, just a few screws). Disconnect wires coming from backrest to control modules. Remove 4 screws holding backrest to seat frame and remove backrest, set aside. Invert bottom cushion. The outer edge of the cover engage in to a lip along the perimeter of the bottom frame, remove this with a L shaped cotter remover. You can pull up on the cover then and get a good look at the plastic clips that hold the center areas of the cover to the inner padding. You can carefully remove these with a long skinny screwdriver, the clips are sort of a J hook design, won't be too hard to figure it out. If you are removing the matel pan, should be easy to figure out how to swap the power seat mech to the new pan. It's all pretty much common sense stuff, use a digital camera to take some pics if yo are worried about forgetting how something went together, maybe you can even write a DIY article on 210 seat disassembly!
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:20 PM
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thnx for the details everyone.
Gilly, are there any hooks or rings I need to buy in order to put the cover back the way it was or will I be able to use all the parts taken off to put the cover back the way it was ?
also, is it at all possible to take the cover off without removing the four bolts that attach the seat to the car ?
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:31 PM
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Shouldn't need to buy anything. You have to really watch the first clips you take off that are on the underside of the pad to make sure you know how to remove them. They are available seperately if you need them, more than likely will need to be ordered though. I should point out (just thought of this) you take off the outer perimeter "bead" that holds the perimeter to the steel pan, THEN the cover WITH the pad comes off the pan. If you have heated seats you need to disconnect the heater wires too, they lead up to the front of the seat where they slip in to that long oval connector bracket. The bottom cushion connector clips to the backrest connector, then when you remove the cushion from the pan the wire lead for the heated seat comes out through a hole in the pan or from around the backrest hinge, forget which. If you are mechanically inclined at all you shouldn't have a problem, pretty simple stuff, but make sure you remember how things came apart (pictures or refer to the opposite side or ask). Some of the wiring connects to the bottom of the seat with nylon wire ties, so have a handful of those available.
Yes, step one is definitely "remove the seat".
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:34 PM
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Will try this weekend . thanx a lot Gilly. much appreciated
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:55 PM
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Few tweaks:
When you remove the backrest, you'll see a couple wires coming out of it and under the seat. One is for the backrest adjustment motor and headrest motor, the other is the seat heater. You'll need to trace that heater wire up to the front like I mentioned before, get the connector bracket removed and taken apart (it's only 2 pieces), slip the connector out of the bracket and seperate the 2 halves, to get the backrest removed. The 2 halves just snap to each other, easy, don't overcomplicate it. The bracket is just attached with those 2 screws, I think they are torx head.
Oh, to remove the seat from the car, remove the headrest first. Raise it as high as it goes and use your hand to pop it out of the backrest.
You can get the proper sockets (the reverse or external torx), or usually you can find a 6 point hex socket that will fit the heads pretty nicely.
The side trim on the seats on the cushion: One side you'll see a screw on the very back inside a deep hole. Remove that screw, then you pull outwards on the back and it unclips, then push the trim forward. The inner side you need to remove the buckle for the seatbelt, then just pull back and out on the back of the trim, then push it forward. Do NOT pull outwards on the front of that trim, there are hooks up there that hold the trim on up front, and you'll break the plastic bigger n crap. Pull OUT on the back then push forward to disengage the front from the hooks. You'll see.
When you are reinstalling the various wires and connectors, it's pretty easy, but make a few sketches or take pics, and remember these things will all only really go back together one way, they make it pretty fool-proof. Ask if you have other questions.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:36 PM
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do these seat directions posted above resemble to any degree what you'd do on a 202 C-class?
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:09 PM
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Yes, not significantly different.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:48 AM
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Thanks again for such great details Gilly. a bit of situation is that the headrest motor is not working. so I can't go by the directions u provided. How can I bypass the step of not having to remove the headrest first. And while we're at it would u be kind enough to let me know how to repace the headrest motor as well
thanks again and happy holidays to all of you and a wonderful new year.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:31 PM
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Oh, you can still just jerk the headrest up out of the backrest, it's just easier with the headrest raised. Easy to replace the motor, just remove the backrest (2 screws on the bottom of the rear cover). You'll see the motor, disconect the wire connector from the motor. The next part is easier if you have the new motor on hand. There are 2 "nubs" that have a slot in them. You just pound the motor assembly to one side (look at the new one to figure out which way it goes) and the motor assembly is free, the new one goes back on just the opposite, engage the slots into the square holes in the frame and pound it the opposite way to lock it in place, reconnect the wiring, etc. One of the chrome shafts has a knob at the end which snaps in to the motor assembly, no trick to it on a 210 like the earlier ones that had a semi-hidden button to push to release the headrest. If you aren't comfortable with removing the headrest, you can remove that rear panel to see what you are doing. To reinstall the rest I'd recommend installing it before the rear panel. I'd raise the motor, then install the headrest. All your seat motor incl the headrest will need to be resynchronized when you're done with all this.
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