How to Replace Volvo Cloth Car Seats

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How to Replace Volvo Cloth Car Seats
Volvos are Swedish cars that have a reputation for safety. (volvo xc 70 image by Harald Soehngen from

Cloth seats are used on many Volvos, with leather seats reserved for the top-of-the-line trims for each model. However, these seats can fray over time and the springs underneath can become worn out. This wear and tear can necessitate the removal of the cloth seats and their replacement. By replacing your cloth seats you can improve the look of your car's interior and make the ride more enjoyable with fresh seat springs.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver set
  • Wrench set
  • Replacement seats
  • Assistant

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    Drive your Volvo into your garage or driveway. You will need a lot of room to either side of the Volvo to remove and install the seats, so it is not recommended to perform this repair on the side of the street. Put the Volvo into "Park" and engage the parking brake. If you have an older Volvo there may be some danger of gear slippage, so it is best to use the parking brake just in case.

  2. 2

    Remove the plastic shields on the ends of the seat rails. There are two rails beneath each front seat for the seats to roll back and forth on. The plastic shields keep the seats on the rails and keep the edges of the rails from cutting your fingers. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the retaining screw and then remove the shields by pulling up with your hand.

  3. 3

    Slide each of the front seats back until they are up and off the rails. Pull the seats out from the back doors and then place them to the side. Slide the new front seats into the back area and thread their runners into the seat rails. Rescrew the plastic shields on the ends of the rails to keep the seats in place. An assistant is helpful when handling car seats because of their weight and bulk.

  4. 4

    Flip the rear seats forward by pulling on the catch handles on the top. This exposes the hooks from the cushions that latches on the hinges of the seats. By hand, pull the latches back and up to disconnect the seat cushion from the seat. Pull the seat back up a little to slide the seat cushions out by hand. Then unbolt the rear seat back from the hinges by wrenching the bolts off the seats where the seat back meets the seat hinge.

  5. 5

    Slide the new seat cushions in first and hook them on the hinges by hand. Then slide the new rear seat backs onto the hinges and slide the bolts through to hold them in place. Wrench the bolts down tight, but do not use a power tool. Too much torque can damage the hinges.

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