BMW 318/325/M3/525/535/M5 1989-1993 Repair Information

Front Seats

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



E30 3 Series
  1. Slide the seat to the full back position. Remove the covers and the forward bolts.
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  3. Slide the seat to the full forward position. Remove the covers and the rear bolts.
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  5. On 4 door vehicles, remove the cap covering the seat belt bracket. Remove the bolt and bracket.
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  7. Disconnect the wiring and remove the seat. Be careful not to damage the interior trim while removing.
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  9. Lubricate the rails and install in reverse order.
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E36 3 Series
  1. Move the seat up and full forward. Remove the rear bolts.
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  3. Turn the seat belt tensioner lock cable toggle a quarter turn to disconnect. It is accessible from the front of the seat.
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  5. Move the seat back and remove the front bolts.
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  7. On the 4 door vehicles, lift the seat and disconnect the seatbelt bolt.
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  9. Remove the seat. Be careful not to damage the sills or trim while removing.
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To install:
  1. Lubricate the rails. Install the seat and bolts, but do not tighten.
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  3. Move the seat full forward then move back to the second catch from the full forward position. Check that the catches have engaged properly.
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  5. Push the seat forward a few times from the back seat and tighten the rear bolts.
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  7. Move the seat back and check that the catches engage at each position. Tighten the front bolts.
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E34 5 Series
  1. On manual seats, disconnect the seatbelt tensioner lock cable to deactivate. On power seats, turn in the screw at the rear of the lock assembly.
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  3. Remove the headrest by pulling out.
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  5. If the power seat does not work via the switch, the seat can be move fore and aft by inserting a screwdriver in the motor drive at the front of the seat and turning.
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  7. Move the seat forward and remove the rear bolts.
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  9. Move the seat to the high position and disconnect the seatbelt height adjustment. Disconnect the seatbelt.
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  11. Lift the rear of the seat and pull out of the holders. Disconnect the wiring and remove the seat.
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  13. Install in reverse order.
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