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Old 10th May 2011
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The stitching is coming loose on the lower section of the leather seat on my 93 9000. It looks to me that it held on with those” hog rings” along the bottom and that lower section would come off easily, perhaps I might even be able to leave the seat bolted down in the car? But if not, do the seats come out fairly ease? The seat is power, but should just unplug after the 4 bolts are out, right? Anyway I would appreciate any impute.
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In my experience working on the seat is much easier out of the car. 4 big torx bolts (may have loctite so a breaker bar is handy)and the two electrical connectors are all that's needed to get it out of the car.

At this point you are still tethered by the seat belt assembly but you have enough slack to get at the seat bottom. I have found that cutting the hog rings and replacing with cable ties (upon reinstall) to to be the simplest approach
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It's either a T-45 or T-50 torx head bolt that holds the seats down, one in each corner.

On the underside of the seat bottom cover there is a metal wire that the hog rings go around through the seat frame. The problem is that it is held in place by a cloth strip sewn into the seat cover stitching, when the fabric strip rots out the wire is not holding the seat cover to the seat cushion anymore.

Take the seat totally out of the car remove the four main bolts the, take off the two power seat switch covers and remove the trim piece from the side of the seat. Then take a 17mm socket and undo the bolt that holds the seat belt to the side of the seat. then unplug the two wiring harness connectors for the main seat power and seat heater and take it out of the car.

You don't have enough room to work on the bottom seat cover with the seat in the car....best to take it out. Would also be a good time to check to see if the seat heater pad is bad, since the seat is already out of the car and the seat cover is off.
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And don't forget to stitch the horseshoe-shaped "underwire?" back into the stool sub-fabric. If not the leather will bunch up and creep up into your crack.

Well it might just look kind of slack. My point being, this is one job (leather upholstery repair) that I sub out. The pros have the sewing machines to do it right. One hint - if you bring the seat in as a stand alone unit the price drops considerably.

One other hint; maybe add an extra 1 inch of padding. It helps to make up for lost volume and acts as a buffer for your heating coils. Your seat heaters will take a little longer to feel hot but the heat seems to be more evenly distributed.
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