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    neverlateSTS is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    front seat back panel

    Does anyone know how to remove the map storage panel on the passenger front seat my leather alternative is seperating from the backing and needs to be reglued. thanks


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    Re: front seat back panel

    neverlateSTS, Mine was replaced under warrenty. A plastic clip was broken. I didn't see how it was removed. I did see when the service tech just pushed it in place. No screws. Danny

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    Wish my extended warranty covered stuff like this...my driver seat has developed this issue as well. Same thing happened to my 2001 Seville.

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    Re: front seat back panel

    There's probably a tool to remove the clips. Maybe someone with the manual or know-how will surf by.

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    Re: front seat back panel

    I've had the same issue. To remove the panel, you must reach your fingers under the bottom of the panel; it's the rounded piece that's under the actual map storage panel. Once you feel the edge of that pane (you have to get your finders between that panel and the panel that prevents things from going under the seat)l, grip it with your fingers and pull it down (you should be in the back seat behind the seat). Once that piece pops off, move your fingers up behind the panel and pull towards you; this will release all the clips. At the top of that map storage panel there are two plastic levers that go behind the top of the seat, so dont try to pry the top of the panel off by pulling towards you. Instead, once you feel like all the clips are out, grab the panel from the sides and pull down. It should come out.

    I will warn you: gluing that vinyl can be disappointing. I drilled holes in the hard plastic backing behind the panel, pumped it full of contact cement, and then had the panels sitting for weeks with 25lb bags of led shot sitting on where the plastic came loose, letting all the extra glue come out and for the whole thing to dry. After a few day it separated again. I repeated the procedure and it's still loose in places. So dont expect an easy ride and dont try contact cement lol. If you do figure out a great adhesive please do so that others know what works. Good luck!

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    Re: front seat back panel

    Quote Originally Posted by aliskerov View Post
    I've had the same issue. To remove the panel, you must reach your fingers under the bottom of the panel; it's the rounded piece that's under the actual map storage panel. Once you feel the edge of that pane (you have to get your finders between that panel and the panel that prevents things from going under the seat)l, grip it with your fingers and pull it down (you should be in the back seat behind the seat). Once that piece pops off, move your fingers up behind the panel and pull towards you; this will release all the clips. At the top of that map storage panel there are two plastic levers that go behind the top of the seat, so dont try to pry the top of the panel off by pulling towards you. Instead, once you feel like all the clips are out, grab the panel from the sides and pull down. It should come out.

    I will warn you: gluing that vinyl can be disappointing. I drilled holes in the hard plastic backing behind the panel, pumped it full of contact cement, and then had the panels sitting for weeks with 25lb bags of led shot sitting on where the plastic came loose, letting all the extra glue come out and for the whole thing to dry. After a few day it separated again. I repeated the procedure and it's still loose in places. So dont expect an easy ride and dont try contact cement lol. If you do figure out a great adhesive please do so that others know what works. Good luck!

    Thanks for the info i also found a seat back for sale on ebay and it showed the back side with all the attach clip areas you are so right about the upper tabs glad i waited before i pulled on them. I have had good success with 3M spray adhesives as I had this same issue on my Corvette door panels. The reason you will experience seperation after gluing is usually caused by the shrinking of the LA material(leather alternative} I generaly clean the attach surface with wax and grease remover then I carefully heat the LA so the weight can be applied to keep it against the panel during cooling.only after i have it stretched and relatively close to the final shape will i spray adhesive to half or less of the repair and press it in place using a balled up towel to prevent creases and finger pressure lines. once this is complete it should stay in place just to be sure weight can be applied overnight.

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    Re: front seat back panel

    I have the same problem and designed a part to replace the tip of tabs that break off that can be printed on your 3D printer. I can print you out a few for $20 or send you the file for you to print your own for free. BrianNave@Yahoo.com

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    Re: front seat back panel

    Yeah the panel just pulls off. Start from the bottom of it and work your way up. I broke one of the tabs too, but was able to jb weld it back on..

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    Re: front seat back panel

    Quote Originally Posted by aliskerov View Post
    I've had the same issue. To remove the panel, you must reach your fingers under the bottom of the panel; it's the rounded piece that's under the actual map storage panel. Once you feel the edge of that pane (you have to get your finders between that panel and the panel that prevents things from going under the seat)l, grip it with your fingers and pull it down (you should be in the back seat behind the seat). Once that piece pops off, move your fingers up behind the panel and pull towards you; this will release all the clips. At the top of that map storage panel there are two plastic levers that go behind the top of the seat, so dont try to pry the top of the panel off by pulling towards you. Instead, once you feel like all the clips are out, grab the panel from the sides and pull down. It should come out.

    I will warn you: gluing that vinyl can be disappointing. I drilled holes in the hard plastic backing behind the panel, pumped it full of contact cement, and then had the panels sitting for weeks with 25lb bags of led shot sitting on where the plastic came loose, letting all the extra glue come out and for the whole thing to dry. After a few day it separated again. I repeated the procedure and it's still loose in places. So dont expect an easy ride and dont try contact cement lol. If you do figure out a great adhesive please do so that others know what works. Good luck!
    Try GOOP. I use it for everything


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