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*Sadly you will need a triple square. The screw fits a T40 Torx, but it won't grip it...Was lucky to enough to find a Triple Square set at a local CarQuest. It's the second size in the Lisle pack.
**I believe that is the right size. I have a big Torx set all the way up to 60, and these screws worked with a regular torx! The size was either T47 or T50.
Time: 20-40 minutes if you have the tools.
People needed: 1, 2 would make it easier.
So you have the tools and are ready to dig in?! Lets do this!
1. Remove the rear seat bottom
To remove the rear seat bottom, you need to take off the child seat anchor covers. The lids pop off real easy, and with a bit of work you can get the whole plastic anchor piece off. I had to put my hand between the seat bottom and back, and kind of put the piece at an angle. With a bit of work, you'll have it out in no time! Do this for the 4 anchors.
Removing the anchor cover.
Removing the anchor.
Once you have those removed, You will need to give a good pull up to the front of the rear seat bottom. There are clips that hold the seat in place, and you want to remove the seat from the clips. You may feel like you might break something, but just pull and you'll be fine. Do try to apply even pressure on both sides though. I did the left side a little bit, and then moved to the right side and pulled it all the way out, and then moved back to the left. Once you have that done, go ahead and pull the rear seat bottom out.
Rear seat detached and ready to be removed from the car.
2. Remove the rear seat back.
This is actually pretty easy, but it's a PITA due to needed specialized tools. If you have anything mounted to your rear seat, such as an aftermarket sound system amp or anything, be sure to disconnect the wires or unmount it. You will be physically removing the wall between the cabin and the trunk.
Here is the location of all the bolts/screws you will need to work with.
9/16th's Bolt (Seat Belts)
Triple Square (T40 Torx size)
Triple Square (T47 or T50 size) *Can get away with using Torx
In the cab:
In the trunk:
Start by taking the 3 screws off in the trunk. These should be super easy to take off. Once you are done with that, you are officially done with entering the car through the trunk. Congrats!
Next, you want to remove the seat belts from being bolted to the car. As I'm sure you can imagine, they take quite a bit of force to get moving. I used a, around 9 inch, extension for my socket wrench. Once you are done, move the seat belts out of the way. I put the middle seat belt on the rear deck while the others I let hang in the doorway.
Now you get to unscrew the T40 sized Triple Square screws. This is where it gets fun. They don't take much effort to turn, but the seat is officially free once you take them off. It will stay in its position so don't worry about catching it, but don't move it just quite yet.
Come at the seat from the driver's side and lift carefully about 3-5 inches away from it's position in the car. On the bottom of the seat is where the emergency trunk release is fixed. Unlatch that from the seat. You are officially free, take that seat out!
This is what your beautiful Audi will now look like:
So there you have it! It's not too much trouble, and you just turned your people carrier into a coupe. Congrats.
To put the seat back in, it's the exact same process just reversed. Though, while it is a one person job to take the seat out, I would recommend having some help putting the seat back in. Also, putting the rear seat bottom back in is a major PITA because you have to line up the seat belt locks with the holes in the seat. Took me about 5 minutes to work the rear seat bottom into place.
experienced difficulty popping the seat cushion.
So caution to the wind I gave it a yank, only to find that i had broken the two retaining clips under the seat.
So now I need to know where I can purchase replacements.