GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Seats

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front Seats

See Figure 1

The front seats of both the Nova and Prizm are removed by disconnecting the 4 mounting bolts holding the seat to the floor rails. The bolts may be under plastic covers which can be popped off with a small tool. The seat assembly will come out of the car complete with the tracks and adjuster. When reinstalling the seat, make certain that the bolts are properly threaded and tightened to 27 ft. lbs. (34 Nm). Seat mounting and retention is a critical safety item. Never attempt to alter the mounts or the seat tracks.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Front seat components - 1989-92 Prizm

Rear Bench Seat Cushion
1985-88 NOVA

See Figure 2

  1. Pull forward on the seat cushion releases. These are small levers on the lower front of the cushion.
  2.  
  3. Pull upward on the front of the seat cushion and rotate it free. It is not retained or bolted under the seat back.
  4.  
  5. To reinstall, fit the rear of the cushion into place under the seat back.
  6.  
  7. Push inward and downward on the front of the cushion until the releases lock into place. Make sure the seat is locked into place and the releases are secure.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear bench seat components - 1985-88 Nova

1993 PRIZM
  1. Pull forward on the seat cushion releases. These are small levers on the lower front of the cushion.
  2.  
  3. Pull upward on the front of the seat cushion and rotate it free. It is not retained or bolted under the seat back.
  4.  
  5. To reinstall, fit the rear of the cushion into place under the seat back.
  6.  
  7. Push inward and downward on the front of the cushion until the releases lock into place. Make sure the seat is locked into place and the releases are secure.
  8.  

Rear Bench Seat Back
1985-88 NOVA

See Figure 2

The seat bottom cushion need not be removed for this procedure, but access is improved with the cushion removed.

  1. Remove the 2 lower bolts holding the seat back to the body.
  2.  
  3. Pull outward and push upward on the bottom edge of the seat back. This will release the seat back from the L-shaped hangers holding it.
  4.  
  5. Remove the seat back from the car.
  6.  
  7. When reinstalling, carefully fit the seat back onto the hangers.
  8.  
  9. Swing the back down and into place.
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  11. Install the lower retaining bolts and tighten them to 3.5 ft. lbs. (42 inch lbs.).
  12.  

1993 PRIZM
60-40 Split Folding Rear Seatback
  1. Raise the rear seat cushion at the front edge to disengage it from the retaining clips.
  2.  
  3. Slide the rear seat cushion over the seat belt buckles and remove the cushion from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the 1 bolt from the rear seat side trim and lift and remove the trim from the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 2 bolts from the seatback and remove the seatback from the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the 2 seatback retaining bolts to 15 ft. lbs. 20 Nm).
  10.  

Full-Width Rear Seatback
  1. Raise the rear seat cushion at the front edge to disengage it from the retaining clips.
  2.  
  3. Slide the rear seat cushion over the seat belt buckles and remove the cushion from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the 3 bolts from the rear seatback and lift the seatback from the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the 3 seatback retaining bolts to 15 ft. lbs. 20 Nm).
  8.  

Split/Folding Rear Seat Cushion
1989-92 Prizm

See Figure 3

  1. At the front lower edge of the seat cushion, remove the 2 bolts holding the seat cushion to the body. The bolts may be concealed under carpeting or trim pieces.
  2.  
  3. Pull upward on the front of the seat cushion and rotate it free. It is not retained or bolted under the seat back.
  4.  
  5. To reinstall, fit the rear of the cushion into place under the seat back.
  6.  
  7. Push inward and downward on the front of the cushion until it is in place and the bolt holes align.
  8.  
  9. Install the retaining bolts and tighten them.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Split/folding rear seat components - 1989-92 Prizm

Split/Folding Rear Seat Back
1989-92 Prizm

See Figure 3

  1. Push the seat back forward into a folded position.
  2.  
  3. Remove the carpeting from the rear of the seat back.
  4.  
  5. At the side hinge, remove the bolt holding the seat back to the hinge.
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  7. At the center hinge, remove the 2 bolts holding the seat back to the hinge.
  8.  
  9. Remove the seat back from the car.
  10.  
  11. Reinstall the seat back and install the bolts finger tight.
  12.  
  13. Tighten the side hinge bolt to 13 ft. lbs.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the center hinge bolts to 5.4 ft. lbs. (65 INCH lbs.)
  16.  
  17. Install the carpeting and trim on the rear of the seat back.
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