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Old 06-07-2013, 02:06 AM   #1
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Can this piece from the seat pry off?

i was adjusting my headrest today and accidentally pulled the whole thing off and my headrest monitor harness became disconnected... the harness felll in to the seat and i couldn't get it out

i was trying to figure a way out to get that harness, tried cloth hanger and everything but no luck. Even got a wooden chop stick and stuck it in the hole where the headrest fork goes in to grab that wire. but ended up dropping the chopstick in there too

than i saw the black rear seat pocket/plastic piece. decided maybe if that could come off? started from the bottom, gave it a little force. It came off a bit but it wasnt the most pleasant thing. After prying off a bit the chop stick i dropped fell out of no where so now i know for sure that if i get that off i can reach the headrest monitor wire easily

the question is, is this even an individual piece? can it come off? because the sound when i pried off a bit was really terrible. it sounded like leather ripping (although nothing was ripped). hard to describe it..


This is not my car, just a random pic off the net i decided to highlight
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:33 AM   #2
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It's not too hard to get the plastic seat back cover off. Key thing is that it slides up and out - don't go yanking it straight out or you'll break the tabs. There are a few small torx screws holding it on at the bottom. It's been a while since I had my seats out of the car and completely disassembled for a leather & rail swap, but I don't recall there being much else involved with the seat back itself.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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So i should remove the bottom torx screws, and slide it off instead of try yanking it?
will i need to take the seat out to do this?
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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I was in the ballpark - I went and looked at my seats to refresh my memory.

The torx screws are actually in the adjacent side trim pieces, so you may not need to remove those. The bottom of the back panel is held in with two plastic plugs - those ridged kind that you press in. You can feel the heads underneath the bottom of the panel. You'll likely mess them up getting them out (in TIS BMW just said to cut the heads off IIRC), but you can get replacements at any auto parts store.

Once the plugs are out, the panel should slide down and off, not up. That makes more sense since the bottom wraps around the bottom of the seat back.

I had the seats out of my car when I swapped covers, so I don't know whether you can do it with them installed. Unbolting them and just tipping them forward may help give more working room.
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