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    removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    I want to remove the front seats from my 2005 Escalade ESV Platinum so that I can disassemble the center console and install some electrical accessories.

    I can't get the bolts off, though. I thought the fastener was an eternal Torx, but none of the external Torx sockets I have fit it. (I thougght it was an E18, but neither my E18 or E20 fit.)

    What kind of socket can I use to remove the specialty nut off the stud on the front seat rails?

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    Re: removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    do don't have to remove the seats to remove the console there is four screws two on each side by the seats,
    four on the back,
    four in the cubby below the mat don't forget to take out the five screws on the lid
    2 screws behind the cd changer before you remove the console you will need to remove the dash bezel and the one around the cd changer along with removing the cup holders just make sure you disconnect the plugs for the power outlets before lifting the console if it don't come out check for screws that you may have missed as there is a hidden screw i just forgot where.

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    Re: removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    Nope, the seats have to come out. What you're describing is removing the bins, not the whole console. With the seats in position, I can't remove the screws that anchor the console to the drive line hump. (The manual agrees with me on this.)

    I still need to know what kind of socket to use on the seat rail bolts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeblas
    Nope, the seats have to come out. What you're describing is removing the bins, not the whole console. With the seats in position, I can't remove the screws that anchor the console to the drive line hump. (The manual agrees with me on this.)

    I still need to know what kind of socket to use on the seat rail bolts.
    Well explain how come I have seen those steps on three different forums if you don't believe me do a google search on it and you will get te same results and no I don't have a service manual and I got the whole console out of my truck without removing the seats.

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    Re: removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    Mikeblas is right, there is a bracket at the rear of the console that goes over the studs under the seat bracket. A 15 mm 6 point socket will fit the nuts.Now that I think of it, it might be 12 point but it is 15 mm.

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    Re: removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    well if he wants to remove the seats it is his problem if he gets in a wreck and one of the front seats brake lose if you go by the instructions i posted you CAN remove the whole console from the floor of the truck WITHOUT removing the seats.

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    Re: removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    How would the seat brake loose if you put the bolts back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLMC
    How would the seat brake loose if you put the bolts back?
    You have to get back to factory specs on torque if not it is possible for them to shear off in a wreck I know I asked my uncle who worked at gm.

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    Re: removing front seats from 2005 Escalade ESV

    Quote Originally Posted by TLMC View Post
    Mikeblas is right, there is a bracket at the rear of the console that goes over the studs under the seat bracket. A 15 mm 6 point socket will fit the nuts.Now that I think of it, it might be 12 point but it is 15 mm.
    Thanks for your helpful post. I'll try to get a 15mm on there. The nut for sure is a star-pattern nut, though; I'm surprised the E-18 doesn't fit it.

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    15mm is only thing that works on star nut

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