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There will be 2 bolts (possibly anchored to the seat belts) on both outer sides ( they may be 18mm nuts or T-50 torx head bolts). Remove them and lift the rear seat straight up, as they lock into hooks in the rear partial shelf.
There are usually a combination of 4 nut/bolts per seat. You'll need a T55 or T50 torque bit and an 18mm deep socket to remove these. To access them slide the seat to the extreme front and rear. Once all nuts/bolts are removed tilt seat back and undo wiring harness from underneath. You have to remove both driver and front passenger seat to remove the centre console /middle seat.
Location of the spare tire and tools
The spare tire and tools for your vehicle are stowed in the following
Spare tire Under the vehicle, just forward of
the rear bumper
Jack assembly Under the third row bench seat in
the tool bag
Removing the jack and tools
1. Lift the 3rd row seat cushion.
2. Remove the jack assembly from the bag under the seat.
Removing the spare tire
1. Open the liftgate, locate the U-shaped slits in the carpet, and flip up
the piece of carpet to expose the hex nut.
2. Insert the lug nut wrench on the
hex nut in cargo floor.
3. Turn the wrench
counterclockwise until tire is
lowered to the ground and the cable
is slightly slack.
4. Remove the retainer from the
spare tire. It may be necessary to
lift one end of the tire to disengage
I think you have to remove headrst bfore folding seat back down. You may have to unbolt seat from floor. 4 bolts.
Rear Seat Backrest —Split Bench
Removal NOTE: The 40% rear seat backrest must be removed before the 60% rear seat backrest. 40% rear seat backrest
Remove the 40% rear seat backrest.
Remove the nuts and bolts.
Remove the backrest.
60% rear seat backrest
Remove the 60% rear seat backrest.
Remove the nut and bolt.
Remove the backrest.
Installation NOTE: The 60% rear seat backrest must be installed before the 40% rear seat backrest. 60% rear seat backrest
NOTE: Do not tighten the nut and bolt at this time. Install the 60% rear seat backrest.
Install the rear seat backrest.
Install the nut and bolt.
40% rear seat backrest
NOTE: Do not tighten the nuts and bolts at this time. Install the 40% rear seat backrest.
Install the rear seat backrest.
Install the nuts and bolts.
60/40% rear seat backrest
Tighten the 60/40% rear seat backrest nuts and bolts in the sequence shown.
40% Rear Seat Backrest
Tighten the 40% rear seat backrest nuts and bolts in the sequence shown.
The rear seat is bolted to the floor either from the inside or the outside. If attached from the undercarriage you will need to locate the rubber plugs that cover the bolt head or the hex nuts to the seat. Just remove these and the seat will come out.
Remove the rear pivot arm.
Lift the pivot arm to the upright position.
Slide the locking tab out.
Pull up and remove the pivot arm.
Remove the rear wiper motor shaft nut cover.
Remove the rear wiper motor shaft nut.
Remove the rear wiper motor cover.
Remove the rear wiper motor bracket nut.
Remove the bolt and the rear wiper motor.
I do not recommend this job unless you are a seasoned mechanic, VW dealership charges $1000 for a reason. They almost earn it on this one. but heres how it's done or how I did it any way. the complete job took me 4 hours and I been at this for 30 years. But a lot of this time was figuring out how it came apart. First, drop the top, pull up on seat bottom and remove it, remove center panel, remove 3 allen bolts at bottom on seat back and remove. headrests, they just pull off, raise top just enough to make hinged panels flip up. remove nut at top rear corner of side panel. you can see the back side of the nut and bolt it is on from the panels that flip up. Remove Nylon push lock rivet where seat belt goes through panel on rear, top, corner. Pull out on panel to release it, there is 5 or 6 nylon locks that just pull out of holes in the body. It will sound like your breaking it when the locks pop loose, or mine did. then lift to gain access to remove seat belt bolts and unplug flip panel motors. remove cable end from its clip. Pull seat belts through panel. Set panel a side. remove torx head bolt around oval panel that speaker is mounted on. unplug speaker and regulator and pull wire harness thru hole. remove 2 allen and 5 hex bolts at top where window would come out if it worked. pull up on plate and move rubber window seal to the side to remove plate. remove 2 nuts at bottom of regulator and one about half way up towards front, lift regulator and window up through top to gain access to 3 nuts that hold window to regulator, from the top lift window out first then regulator. Reverse to assemble it.