by Nathaniel Miller
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The Pontiac G6 is a sports sedan that comes in convertible, coupe, and four-door sedan versions. It combines style, performance and comfort, while being affordable. The G6 is also packed with additional features, including a folding rear seat. To reupholster the rear seat or just put more load on the car, you may want to remove the rear seat entirely. This is a fairly simple process and most G6 owners can do it in their own garage in a matter of minutes.
When performing any type of repair or modification on your vehicle, it is imperative to follow proper safety techniques. The car must be safe and secure from potential starts or shorts, as these could cause the air bags to deploy. Park the car in the garage or in an open area and set the parking brake. Raise the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal. Reach out under both seats and move the seats as far forward as possible to give greater access to the rear seat.
Disconnect the shoulder strap belts from the rear seat belt buckles. There must be at least two buckles to remove. Let the straps slide into position on the rear panel of the G6. Reach toward the back of the part of the seat you are actually sitting on and locate two leather tabs. Pull straight up on the two tabs to pry the rear of the seat base out of its connections. Tilt the bottom of the seat toward the front of the car, disconnect the front-facing connections, and then slide the bottom of the seat out of the passenger side door.
Open the trunk and look inside near the top rear of the trunk space to locate two levers. These levers release the top of the rear seat sections so the seat can be folded down. Pull and release both levers, but do not fully fold the seat backs. Head back to the front cabin of the car and use a socket wrench to remove the bolts holding the seat frame in place (now visible because you removed the bottom of the seat). Once the bolts are removed, lift and advance the seat frame to disconnect the seat from the car frame. Ask a friend to help you slide the rest of the seat out of the passenger side door.