With the seatback cables replaced, it's time to remove the bottom seat cover. I hope to be able to repair it so it will return to its original contour.
There are a number of clips that fasten the cover to the frame. Here I'm pulling one of them off.
I'll replace them with new ties when the cover goes back on.
They each just slide over a clip on the seat frame - see the arrow.
This one pulled right up easily, while the other side needed some encouragement with a screwdriver to pry it off.
With that side rod released, we can begin to slide the cover off one side.
I had a mixture of excitement and dread at this point. Excitement that it was going easily and all was going well. Dread that I'd forget how it all goes back together.
But I do have pictures!
One's at the back.
There is a third under a plug on the rear side. In actuality, I didn't have to remove it - I was able to slide the cover down enough to get to the rod. I didn't feel like taking it all off if I didn't have to.
You can see there are 4 switches - for each motion for the seat bottom.
Pull the cover down and you have access to unclip the rod as we did on the other side.
You can see the thin rod I've been referring to.
Originally, this was sewn to the seat cover, and the clips pass though the cushion and pull the cover down into the seams in the cushion, giving it that familiar (and lovely) shape.
There are 7 clips for the rod and cover, by the way.
The grey thing covering the foam cushion is the seat heater.
My plan is to get some new material, and sew it up as it was done originally. I don't think it will be too difficult, but who knows. I haven't used a sewing needle for 30 years.
But I do have a heavy needle and some automotive thread.
Scandmec is now known as Kongsberg - based in Norway with plants around the world.
These particular heaters were made at their plant in Mullsjö, Sweden.
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