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I need to remove the fold down rear headrests on my volvo 850 wagon 1996 so that i can remove upholstery adn replace the centre rear seatbelt. Any advice would be mush appreciated. Thanks

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  • jez1801 Nov 16, 2009

    I have managed to remove the centre rear which i had to remove the trim and then pull out a clip. However the other rear ones have a folding spring mechanism supported on a metal column, I am guessing that I need to pull the upholstery apart to reveal another clip that sits beneath the upholstery?

  • jez1801 Nov 16, 2009

    i don't see how to remove the fold down head rests, what i am trying to do is replace the centre rear seatbelt which jammed and had to be cut free

  • jez1801 Nov 16, 2009

    many thanks, it is unbelievable! have to buy new pins for to replace the cover pieces and everything! will keep trying

  • jez1801 Nov 16, 2009

    how do i view the picture from your post? cant seem to find it!? aagghh

  • jez1801 Nov 16, 2009

    hi again email is jez1801@gmail.com cheers!
    Jez


  • jez1801 Nov 17, 2009

    the advice i have had so far is helpful but the pictures do not look like my head rests, the one i am having trouble with is on that you pull up in order to fold flat when the seats are folded down. It doesn't seem to have a clip or anything to allow it to slide out of the frame. There is a little elastic clip that is used to spring the stem back into the seat?
    help please!

  • jez1801 Nov 17, 2009

    this is an estate 850 so does not have a material back. Am i looking for the release tabs in the backrest section of the rear seat? This is driving me potty, I can get my fingers on to the bolt for the centre rear seatbelt, but cant get a scoket to it! Is there an easy way of removing the upholstery? I went to the volvo dealer and they said to remove the rear seats (which i can't find out how to do anyway!) and then unzip the upholstery? Does that sound any good?

  • jez1801 Nov 17, 2009

    Hi again, yes it has zippers at the bottom and zippers also. This is a right palava! how do you get the rear part of the seat out so i can work on it out of teh car? That doesn't seem obvious either!
    Thanks for your help
    Jerry


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Would seem simple wouldn't it. Most cars have a latch that will let you simply pull it out. I have spoke to supposed Volvo experts that tell me that the seat has to be taken apart. Beleive it or not, I got this solution from a junkyard, from a guy who removes parts for a living for resale. He says the 850 wagon has plastic trim pieces at the base of the headrest. You have to pop the pieces off and it will reveal a metal pin or clip that keeps the headrest from pulling out. Simply take a pair of needle nose plyers and pull the clip and your headrest will come off. I hope this is very helpful! Good Luck!

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  • Hal Hallman Nov 16, 2009

    Yes, I found a picture of how the headrest rail goes into the seat frame at the top and had a plastic clip therein that needed to be removed. Wow, Volvo goes to a lot of trouble to keep those darn headrests on. I will see if I can copy the pic and send it to you. No guarantees but I'll try. Continued good luck! PS The Volvo svc dept says that the upholstry has to be pulled back to dismantle...seems like a poor design to me.

  • Hal Hallman Nov 16, 2009

    OK here is the pic I found. I hope this works. Good Luck!



  • Hal Hallman Nov 16, 2009

    Were you able to view the picture?

  • Hal Hallman Nov 16, 2009

    Give me your e-mail address and I'll try and send it that way.

  • Hal Hallman Nov 17, 2009

    If there are zippers on the cover what you would have to do is first take the seat out of the car. On the seat back, at the bottom where it meets the seat bottom, the upholstry is (hog ringed) together. you would need to pry apart these rings and remove, then you can fold out upholstry from the bottom and hopefully unzip.

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If you pull real hard they will pop out, or pull up, squeeze together or pull apart the rods and pull up on it. Some headrests have the release button that you can hold while pulling up to remove. Not sure about your model.

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This is how you remove the front headrest, so the rear's are similar:
there are release tabs .The release tabs are a bit hard to feel, but slide your fingers down the back of the seat, just as wide the headrest. You will feel 2 tabs, below the pleather, just before the indentation for the seat back area. Push in the buttons, one at a time, while lifting on the headrest, and it will slide right out.
Remove the plastic trim piece.
Flip the head rest down and you should then be able to access the 2x torx head cap screws that fasten the head rest to the seat.
Work the leather so that the entire unit can be removed.
Instal the cap screws again so that they do not get lost.
Replace the plastic trim piece. ----
If you will carefully press in on the backside of the material of the front seat back following a straight line downward from the headrest post you will come to a tab at the end of the post. Raise the headrest to the upmost position, press with your thumb on the material and against the tab while putting just a small amount of upward pressure on the headrest and the tab will release the post. You have to do this to both posts of the headrests to remove them from the front seats.--- ---- This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya

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  • charlymonty Nov 17, 2009

    This it how you repair the seat back cable. I will also explain how to replace the cable as well.

    You will need to remove the Lumbar adjustment knob. Unscrew as far as you can. Then pull out and unscrew till it stops then one more time pull and unscrew. The washer part under the knob pulls right off. It will look like this.

    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)
    Then you will need to cut the 4 metal hogrings in the seam where the front and back of the leather meet.

    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)

    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)

    Also you will have to remove the seat switch panel. When you do so on the back of the panel there should be a red plastic clip. Install that where I have shown in the picture. Failure to do so may cause the seat air bag to go off if that metal piece is hit while messing with the seat. If your clip is missing find something plastic fairly thick to install there.
    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)

    Sometimes it is easiest to get to them from the back seat area.
    Next unfold the leather from the plastic pieces on the ends. There is little hooks that hold the leather.
    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)


    Next start sliding the leather up the seat back slowly and carefully. There is 4 more hog rings you will need to cut. In the picture they are located in the little holes you see where the metal rod is. They go around the metal rod in the leather and to the rod in the foam.
    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)


    Also while sliding the leather up you will have to unhook little hooks from the back side that help keep the leather tight around the rear pocket of the seat.



    The white stuff in the middle is the heating element for the seat heaters.

    Once you get the leather this high look from the back of the seat. You will see the motor and transmisson.
    If you choose to try to repair the cable you will need to heat the metal in either the transmission or motor and slide the plastic parrt of the cable in. Then while holding it move the switch and make sure the cable grabs. Sometimes you will have to do both sides at the motor and transmission. I had to do both on both of my cars. I did this today thats where this post is coming from.
    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)


    Before repairing the cable.

    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)

    After repairing the cable.

    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)

    Before repair at transmission
    (IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v624/m...)


    After repair.

    If you want to replace the cable you will have to slide the big plastic piece off the inside to remove the screws holding the transmission to the seat. Also remove the clip on the rod to slide the transmission out to gain access to the screws to remove the cable. Remove the screws in the motor from the retainer to get the cable out and replace the cable.



    check out and keep updated.thanks.

  • charlymonty Nov 17, 2009


    Front seat: Put seats all the way back, remove bolts in leading edge of front seat rails. Move seats all the way forward, remove plastic plug from side of protective cover over rear of seat rails to expose rear bolts. Remove bolts, lift seat. Most of these cars have a spring from the base of the seat to the floor which will be visible when you life the seat. Unhook spring from floor. Disconnect plug for seat belt warning system under passenger seat.

    Rear seat: Push very hard on the front edge of the bottom of the back seat, right where it meets the floor. you need to push between where your legs would be if you were sitting in the seat, and lift. When front clips are loosened, you will find seat is held by a clip at the rear. Lever spring off clip welded to floor and seat base will come out. Top is held in by two eye hooks on far outer edges. These will be visible when you have removed the base. Bend the metal tangs so that the eye hooks can slide off them. Then lift seat directly up towards rear window to unseat hooks behind seat. Once loose it can be removed from the vehicle. Given this is such a pain of a job, make sure when you refit seats that you don't get the belts stuck behind it.

    if the seat belt is stuck

    First off, this happens when a small plastic pin falls out of the seatbelt. It acts as a stop when the seat gets folded down, to prevent the belt from getting pulled in.

    Once the seat back is horizontal, there's no way to pull it back out.

    Part 1: Getting the seat back upright again:

    Unscrew the belt from where it is attached between the seat cushion and the wheel well. Luckily this is accessible when the seat is folded down. The seat cushion needs to be held away, which makes it a little cumbersome. But in the end this fix takes less than 5 minutes.

    Part 2: Preventing this from happening again:

    a few options:

    A. If you're ambitious, try to get the part from Volvo (good luck)

    B. Get what's essentially a plastic rivet - two parts that snap together with a pin

    C. Anything that makes the belt about 1/8" thick at that point

    You can usually find the hole/spot where the original pin used to be. If not, just put it within a 1/4" of the slot when the seat is upright and the belt resting against the seat back.

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