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Sienna middle seat track removal

The middle seats in my 2013 Sienna come out, but a set of "trolleys" is left behind. How can I remove them to achieve a flat floor?

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Since none of the other answers appears relevant (they were written years ago and appear to relate to different problems), I spent about an hour digging into this and regret to report that the simple answer appears to be that there is no easy way to remove the tracks and 2" trolleys on which the seats are mounted.

The best solution appears to be taking a large piece of styrofoam-like material the size of the floor you want flat (since the compartment into which the 3rd row of seats retracts in the 2013 is an inch or so high itself, maybe you don't need to cover that part of the floor, but you probably would need to cover everything else. Then you cut out part of the styrafoam where it's going to fit over the offending trolley mechanisms, lay it down upside down on top of them, and, however mickey mouse it looks, at least it's flat.

One individual who wrote a post elsewhere on this appeared also to have followed up the styrofoam with a large piece of plywood, which gave him an even flatter, but once again elevated, surface.

I'm someone who thinks anything's possible, and I'm sure taking out these rails and trolleys IS. It begins to appear, though, that it's something that would involve partial or total disassembly of the floor of the vehicle, likely starting underneath the car (since there are no bolts that are readily visible from above anywhere in the track slots). And THAT begins to sound like a project for which you'd want to make the first step the acquisition of a shop manual.

Sorry. I have the same problem. Wish I could offer you something a lot simpler. It is a little bit of a surprise that the manufacturer's engineers wouldn't have anticipated the need of some owners for a totally flat floor.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013


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