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1990 Grand caravan rear seat removal

I am trying to remove the rear seat from my van that I just purchased and cannot figure out how to get it out. any ideas?

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  • betsyalln Dec 27, 2008

    we put down the back of the seat, but the only levers we can find are on the front and you have to lift them up. We can get the seat to tilt towards the back, but can't get it any further than that. Any help is appreciated. Getting very frustrated with it. Thank you!

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Assuming that you don't have Stow & Go, follow these directions:
At the base and back of the seat, on both sides, is a handle. The handle acts like a trigger grip. When you press on the handle with your fingers and push down with your palm, a small tab will pop up. That is the sign that you are doing this correctly. Do this to one side and then the other. Before you start pressing triggers though, grasp the handle on the right side of the seat near the seat bottom ( different handle between the seat and side panel) and pull it back toward the rear of the van, that will allow the seat back to fold forward. This will get it out of way so you can maneuver the seat better.

Once you have both triggers sprung, the seat will lift up and out of the seat tracks so you can pull it out the back. It is a two person job unless you want to flop it out and scratch the rear bumper. If you're relatively able-bodied with a good back and can handle a very awkward load, go for it solo.

I have owned 4 of these vans and the seating is very reliable, but make very sure that when you put the seats back in that you get them in the tracks correctly. Don't do this at night unless you have a flashlight to ensure that you are lining the seat up correctly - you've got too much riding on the outcome.

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  • 240cpa Dec 28, 2008

    Sorry, I didn't think that the '90 model was much different from my old 95 model. Are these seats on tracks? Do you see wheels or rollers underneath the seat? You should be able to find a handle in front that will allow the seat to slide forward. You may need to move the handle while someone pushes from behind to get it off the tracks. While looking underneath you should be able to see which way it needs to move to get it to unlock from the track.

    Write back and give me details on what you see and I'll continue to provide thoughts on what to do.


  • 240cpa Dec 28, 2008

    I have done some research and sadly, only found that everyone complains about how hard these seats are to pull. One last thought is that when you pull the various handles, is there any movement from a catch under the seat that would release it from the catch points under it? This is the one thing that I am learning from the others is that the seat latches into the track and there is a lever for releasing the latch.

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