Someone else had this problem and posted the solution online. I found it while planning to reupholster the drivers seat on my Olds Alero. Hope this helps, i've cut and pasted from wikianswers....
I had the same problem, hence my stumbling across this question this afternoon. i just spent a very frustrating hour working it out!
first, to get an idea of how the black clips sit, place them in the rectangular gaps on either side at the front of the seat.
the plastic clips sit in the rectangular hole, with the pointy ends facing up. the short one at the front. the short pointy end clips around the front edge of the rectangular hole.
the longer pointy end that is now towards the rear of the car is meant to clip onto the wire that sticks out at the front of the seat. there is one on either side of the seat so it is easy to see them line up roughly.
the pointy end doesnt clip around the u shaped bit that sticks out, but the striaght bit just behind that.
now, if you can understand what i meant. it is time to install.
take the plastic clip out of the rectangular hole. clip the long pointy end around the wire on the seat. lower it carefully into place. this is what i found the tricky bit. you can't see, so i lined it up by feel, and lowered it very carefully. then....... after trying many times to put in in place, a finally forced it in with brute stregnth and determination. you have to force it down towards the back of the car to make the clip latch into the rectangular hole.
it took me ages to work out the frist one, then the second side only took a minute as i knew what to do.
hope this was understandable and will help.
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On most GMs, you remove the rear seat by:
1. Stand in the back floor facing front.
2. Pull up slightly on the bottom edge of the seat until it stops.
3. With your heel, kick the bottom edge of the seat backwards in the center of each side of the drive shaft channel to release the clip.
4. Alternative: if the seat isn't just clipped in, there are two 10 mm. bolts under the bottom seat lip.
Once you have the seat bottom out, there will usually be two more 10 mm bolts holdng the seat back in place. After removing the bolts, push straight up on the seat back to disengage the clips.
I don't know about your exact make, but every bench rear seat bottom I ever messed with removed as follows:
Get your fingers under the bottom of the seat cushion, and give a sharp tug upwards.
It should be held in by spring clips, which will release with the upward tug.
With the front of the seat cushion slightly raised (so the spring clips can clear the brackets), it should then pull straight forward and out.
To re-install, push the cushion back under the seat back (with the front slightly raised), and with both hands, give a sharp push downwards to latch the spring clips.
check under the floor mat just under the seat for 2 bolts that hold it down or it may just take a sudden lift up at the front to pull it out of the spring clips holding it down. As to the back bit , when you have the seat out check for 2 bolts under the bottom of the back . remove them and lift the back straight up to unclip from the top.
there is 2 elastic pieces that hook on the seat bottom once you unclip them the cloth part of the seat bottom will pull up to reveal 2 Phillips screws remove them and the panel should slide down to remove.
You may have to remove the seat bottoms to gain access to the bolts or clips that hold the seatback(s) in place. Once the bolts or clips are removed the seatbacks should slide UP to release them. Remember to engage the backside locks when installing them again.
PUSH IN CENTER FRONT EDGE CUSHION TO DISENGAGE PART OF SEATS WIRE FRAME FROM CLIPS.WITH CLIPS UNHOOKED LIFT UP AND REMOVE SEAT.IF REAR SEAT NOT HELD IN PLACE WITH CLIPS. LIFT UP THE REAR SEAT CUSHION AND PIVOT IT FORWARD. DETACH THE RETAINING BOLTS AT THE LOWER EDGE OF THE SEAT BACK AND IF NECESSARY REMOVE THE SEAT BELT ANCHOR BOLTS.LIFT UP ON SEAT BACK REMOVE IT..
This is easy. Get a friend, you need a little help. grab hold of the bottom seat by slipping your hands in the crease. Lift it up. The seat will lift up towards you. There are some clips on the bottom. of the seat, slide the seat off the clips and take the seat out of the car. Most backs have bolts holding the back in place. Undo the bolts, and lift the seat off the top clips,, and remove from the car. Goes back the way it came out.
LIFT THE REAR SEAT BOTTOM CUSHION UP SHARPLY AT THE TWO FRONT CORNERS UNTIL THE TWO THE TWO CLIPS COMES OUT OF THE BODY,THEN SLIDE THE SEAT CUSHION FORWARD AND OUT OF THE VECHICLE.AT EACH LOWER CORNER REMOVE THE NUTS SECURING THE TWO REAR SEAT BACK TABS.WITH THE NUTS REMOVED PULL SEAT BACK FORWARD ENOUGH FOR THE TABS TO CLEAR THE STUDS.THEN PULL THE SEAT BACK SHARPLY UP AND TOWARD THE INSTRUMENT PANEL TO DISENGAGE THE UPPER SEAT CLIPS FROM THE BODY.REMOVE THE SEAT BACK FROM THE VECHICLE.INSTALLATION IS THE REVERSE OF REMOVAL.
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To remove the rear seat back, you first have to remove the rear seat bottom cushion. There are two clips on the front edge of the cushion, and they need to be disengaged; pull up with some force on the front edge of the cushion, where it meets the floor. Once the clips are disengaged, you can take the bottom cushion out of the car. Next, you will see the bolts that holds the rear seat backs onto the rear metal pane; all you now need to do is remove the bolts, and slide the seat backs up and out.
Typically, when when this happens, the system is low on fluid and/or must be bled. Here are the procedures:
Lower the top to the full down position.
Remove the rear seat cushion, seat back and inner quarter trim panels. Pull up sharply on the seat cushion at the front about midway between the middle of the seat and the outside edges. The seat back is held in by nuts. The quarter trim panels are held in by screws I think.
Remove the cylinder mounting brackets and remove the cylinders from the trunnion pivot mounts.
Rotate the cylinders 180 degrees (the hose fittings will now face to front of the vehicle.
Disconnect the motor/pump retaining clips from the body.
Rotate and raise the motor/pump assembly so the reservoir is in the up position. The rubber filler plug will be at the top.
Raise motor/pump fitting to at least 2 inches above the horizontal rear seat back reinforcement.
Tilt the motor/pump assembly to approximately the 10 o'clock position, with the rubber filler plug still at the top
CAUTION: THE MOTOR/PUMP ASSEMBLY MUST REMAIN IN THE CURRENT POSITION UNTIL THE RUBBER FILLER PLUG IS REINSTALLED IN THE Step 12.
Remove the rubber fill plug from reservoir.
Fill the hydraulic system by adding Dexron 2 Automatic Transmission Fluid to the bottom of the fill hole
CAUTION: DO NOT OPERATE THE TOP SWITCH IN THE UP (CLOSING THE TOP) DIRECTION.
With two people, activate the top switch in the down (opening the top) position to fully retract the cylinder rods and hold for approximately 5 seconds, until the motor/pump stalls. A percolating or gurgle sound/feeling is an indication that the procedure is working.
Top off the motor/pump with Dexron 2 and insert the filler plug.
Install the motor/pump assembly into the vehicle mounting bracket.
Rotate the cylinders back to the original position (hose fitting rearward)
Install the motor/pump lead and hydraulic line clips (the hydraulic line clips are to assist in the production process) to ensure that the seat back/seat cushion do not pinch the lines. If the sticky side is no longer holding to the floor pan, the clips can be left off.
Ensure that the bushing is still on the trunnion pivot mount and bracket. Tap the top switch in (raising the top) to get the cylinder trunnion onto the trunnion pivot mounts, if needed.
Install cylinder mounting brackets.
Raise and lower the top to ensure proper operation.
Install the inner quarter panels, and the rear seat back and cushion.
And Just a fair warning here - you WILL spill fluid inside your car. If you manage not to, I want to know how. I cover everything with garbage bags because there have been a few instances where I accidentally hit the button the wrong way and that stuff went EVERYWHERE. Be careful and good luck.