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Old 08-14-2000, 05:01 PM
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I need to replace the cargo nets on the front seats of my '87 300E (both frames broken). This will require removal of the backs of the seats to replace the screws that hold the frame on. I tried taking out the 2 screws at the bottom, but the back of the seat will not budge. Can anyone tell me how to remove the seat backs? I have the CD, but it is not helpful. Your experience and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-14-2000, 09:56 PM
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After removing the screws at the bottom of the seat backs you will have to CAREFULLY pry the leather from the sides of the seats out of the channel in the seat backs.It is wedged in tightly. Work from the bottom to the top.
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Old 08-15-2000, 12:25 PM
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The operative word there is CAREFULLY. I just recovered the seats in my 83' 500sl. In my case it didn't matter because I had purchased new seat backs, but it was impossible to get mine off without destroying the leather. The seatbacks were probably never removed so they had been in place for 17 years. In some places the leather tore and remained stuck to the metal channel. If you can find some flat, blunt object (Maybe a plastic putty knife) that you can try to insert between the leather and the channel. Start at the bottom and insert and remove, don't try to slide it up the channel. I don't know what the seats look like in your car, but in mine the back panel inserts into a channel on each side and into two clips at the top. If after loosening the leather you can get the panel slid down out of the clips you can then carefully bend the panel in the middle to remove one side then the other.

Good luck. Hope this helps.

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