I still had my manual and it said to unscrew the back; and you do have to take out the top of the straps to get the pad off. I just did this last weekend and then re-install everything. It worked great! The only problem I found was that when the pad is washed, the pad backing gets caught in the velcro and needs to be removed.
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On what? 3 possible ways the rear seat cushion is removed. On some the seat has clips that lift straight up. Or some have 2 small bolts at front bottom of rear cushion. Remove the bolts and seat slides out easily. The final way is old style: a heavy wire on bottom of cushion, one on each side, fits into slots that come up from the frame underneath. To remove, push cushion hard to the rear until the heavy wires can be removed (lifted up) from the slots. Do one side at a time. These are the most difficult to remove the rear bottom cushion. You have to push hard against the cushion near the bottom of it, pushing it backwards, so the wire comes out of the slot, and then cushion can be removed.
First try lifting straight up on the cushion. Since there is an access panel to the gas tank, it is very possible the cushion is easily removed by lifting straight up.
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.
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..
Release the two latches at the front of the seat cushion (pull back on the latches to release the front of the cushion).
Remove the seat cushion bolt and remove the cushion (it’s roughly in the center. You have to insert a socket extension between the back and bottom seat cushions to take it out, after you find it by pressuring the bottom cushion and looking back in there).
Remove the bolts (each side) securing the seat side bolsters (they are easy to see once the bottom cushion is removed), then remove the side bolters (gently release the clips that hold them in).
Pull the seat forward, then remove the fasteners securing the seat hinge (seat pivot bracket) and remove the seat backs.
Retractor and Tongue—Sedan
SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL(S) REQUIRED
Safety Belt Bolt Bit
T77L-2100A NOTE: Safety Belt Bolt Bit T77L-2100-A should be used for safety belt removal and installation.
Remove rear seat cushion. Refer to Section 01-10 .
Seat Cushion, Rear
Apply knee pressure to lower front portion of the rear seat cushion. Push rearward to disengage rear seat cushion pad and frame (600A88) from rear seat cushion front retainers (63370).
Remove rear seat cushion from vehicle.
Remove rear seat back. Refer to Section 01-10 .
Seat Back, Rear
60/40 Split Bench—Sedan Removal
NOTE: Safety belt bolts do not secure seat back to vehicle.
Remove rear seat cushion as described.
Fold down back seat and remove two bolts in the center of each seat back striker plates.
Remove two bolts from outboard rear seat back frame retaining brackets.
Lift seat back up and pull forward to remove from vehicle.
Remove panel (52018) and quarter trim panel (31012). Refer to Section 01-05 .
Trim Panel, Quarter—Sedan
Remove rear seat. Refer to Section 01-10 .
Pull up on rear section of rear door scuff plate that overlaps lower quarter trim panel.
Pull lower quarter trim panel away from body.
Remove safety belt retaining bolt.
Feed safety belt through lower quarter trim panel.
Remove safety belt anchor plate-to-sill bolt from quarter panel.
Remove retractor anchor nut and retractor from rear quarter panel.
Remove upper seat belt anchor bolt and anchor from upper rear quarter panel.
Slide anchor plate end of safety belt through the openings in the quarter trim panel.
Remove outboard front safety belt retractor and tongue (611B08) from the vehicle.
Bolt (Part of 611B68)
Upper Rear Quarter Trim Panel
Retractor and Tongue
Rear Quarter Panel (Part of Body)
Lower Rear Quarter Trim Panel
Mounting Stud (Part of Body)
Remove seat belt anchor bolt and retractor and tongue from rear deck panel.
To install, reverse Removal procedure.
Make sure the safety belt webbing is not twisted. If it is, remove the twist.
Tighten retractor anchor bolt and safety belt anchor plate-to-sill bolt to 34-46 Nm (25-33 lb-ft).