Mini Cooper Rear Seat Removal

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Mini Cooper Rear Seat Removal
Removing the back seat of a Mini Cooper is a two-person job. (mini_1 image by maxuser from

The Mini Cooper, which was first sold in the late 1950s, is a compact vehicle that offers excellent gas mileage. Now owned by German automaker BMW, Mini Coopers are known for deft handling as well as diminutive size. The small vehicles come with two doors and four seats. Removing the rear seats from a Mini Cooper is a task that is more easily performed by two people, though it is possible for one person to do it.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Open the boot of the Mini Cooper and push either seatback forward.

  2. 2

    Locate the attachment point that connects the seat to the car. The seat attachment point is located in between the seats (in the centre). It is a large, metal square with a bolt in the centre.

  3. 3

    Locate the metal tab that holds the bolt in place. With your flathead screwdriver, push the metal tab to the left for the right-hand seat and to the right for the left-hand seat. Once the tab is pushed over, the bolt will lift up and release. Repeat on each side of the rear car seat.

  4. 4

    Lift the seat back and hold it at a 45-degree angle. Push the seatback to the side opposite the door to release the final attachment point .For example, if you are removing the left rear seat, push the seatback to right. Repeat on the other rear car seat.

  5. 5

    Pull on the seat anchors until they are removed. The seat anchors are located in both upper corners of the seat cushion if you are inside the vehicle and looking toward the back seat.

  6. 6

    Lift up on the front of the seat cushions to remove them from the attachment points. Pull the front cushions up at a 45-degree angle, while pressing down on the back of the seat cushion. This will release the rear seat attachment point. Lift the seat cushion up to finish.

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