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Old 07-20-2003, 02:11 AM
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W124 seat diassembly

Can someone give me some pointers on removing the seat covers? I'm referring to the bottom as well as the backrest. I already got the back cover off (that was easy) but the other parts don't seem QUITE as straightforward. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-20-2003, 04:01 AM
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For the seat bottom: Compress the edges and you will then be able to force the "fold" of the seat material that is under tension and jammed into the channel in the metal seat bottom. The fold has a cardboard backing it it must clear the channel (compression of the seating surface).

Best to start in the back section of the seat bottom.

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Old 07-20-2003, 04:09 AM
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To remove the bottom cushion, does the entire backrest need to be removed?
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Old 07-20-2003, 04:27 AM
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In a word: No

I have done many seat repairs and especially seat bottoms. Ask away with questions.

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Old 07-20-2003, 04:32 AM
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Thanks Haasman! I really appreciate the help. One more question - how exactly is the backrest cover removed? I have the panel with the pocket off already. Are there any hidden clips or anything like that? Thanks again!
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Old 07-20-2003, 01:19 PM
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The backrest cover is held in at the bottom by two screws. Once removed you lift it away from the seat back bottom about 6-8" and then pull the top section down and off. The top section is insert into the seat and is held by friction.

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Typically the backrest cover is held on by tack strips inserted into channels. You probably have the two side ones out already if you have the plastic cover on the back off.

You need to remove the headrest, then reach up and pull the tack strip out of the top (it folds under and pushes up). Probably have another at the bottom that just folds over and pushes in. If it's like the W108/W115, this one will be tight.

The bottom cover will be "hog ringed" (not really, different rings) to the pad. Cover is held on by tack strips sewn to the edge, folded over and pushed into channels. You will have to compress the springs and pry the tack strip out of the channel all the way round. Usually stuck a bit, but should come out fairly easily once you get started.

Once the cover is free around the bottom, you will have to pull all the circular steel clips out of fabric flap that folds under the padding. Cover will slide off once you get them all out.

To replace, for the backrest fit cover over, fold upper tack strip under and insert into the clips. Usually not too hard, since the back cover is out. Compress springs and pull cover down and insert bottom tack strip. Will be difficults, usually, as it's tight. Replace rear cover, then compress springs and re-insert side tack strips.

For the bottom cover, place cover in position, making sure the edges of the seat portion are correctly aligned. Sew listing (the fabric flap) to the padding with an uphosterly needle and some cotton string or very heavy thread. Compress springs and re-insert the tack strips all round.

Not a bad job unless the tack strips are in bad condition like they were in my brother's waterloggged car.

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