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Re: rear seat headrest removal (whitemule1994)

WhiteMule,
I got your PM but I figured I would go ahead and post here. There may be someone else who would like to do the same thing.
Unfortunately it isn't as easy as just removing the head rest.
The plastic trim piece that one sees under the head rest is also what holds the leather down and the head rest mechanism is what holds the plastic bezel on. So what I did was buy the headrest sans foam and leather cover from Volvo. I think I paid about 60 bucks. Part number is 8626511. Once you get the part take a hack saw and cut the two chrome rods off that hold the head support. Fully extend the rods and click them into place then cut them flush with the black plastic body of the mechanism. To remove the original head rest and install the one you just butchered, carefully pry up the plastic bezel. Loosen the two small pieces outside of the support rods first. I use a screw driver but you might consider one of those plastic trim spoons. If you lift up on the corners you can see how they are clicked into the body of the rest. Kind of hard to describe exactly how it works. I'll try. At this point I should also mention that all of my perspectives are from the rear behind the seat. You can see where there are long extensions of the bezel going down into the seat. If you will wedge a screwdriver or a more appropiate tool between them and the seat back and push toward the front of the car they should pop loose. Once you get the two outside clips loose the center is fairly easy. Once completely loose wiggle it off of the two chrome rods. Take a 10mm deep well socket with about a 3" extension and loosen the two nuts that are now exposed if you look straight down into the opening you have created in the seat back. These two nuts are what hold in the head rest. Put the new one in, install and tighten the nuts, place the bezel back in place but do not snap it down until you fished the pull-strap through the slot. Once that is done it will snap right back in place. Pop the pull-strap out and the cut ends of the rod should fall down out of sight. Voila!
 

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Re: rear seat headrest removal (Aztecian)

Greatly appreciate your post. I will try to replicate what you did!

By the way - do you have the part number for the plastic bezel? It may be smart to keep an extra one of those around should I snap it in the process.

Out of curiousity - how does the plastic hold the leather down? And how does the headrest mechanism hold the plastic down?
 

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Re: rear seat headrest removal (whitemule1994)

I don't know the part number for the bezel.
When you remove the bezel what is left is a fairly ragged hole with exposed edges of the leather showing. The leather is only fastened in a couple of places with the majority just hanging out waiting for something to tear it like the back straps for the Britax. The plastic cosmetic bezel clips into the headrest mechanism so without it being there their is no way to hold the bezel in place.
I'll try to take a couple of photos this evening to clarify.
 

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Ok I found this thread, anyone know if I can just remove the headrest and just put the trim back in?
 

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Ok I found this thread, anyone know if I can just remove the headrest and just put the trim back in?
Funny this was brought back up now, I was looking at doing this, this weekend. You would gain a ton of room for the carseat if the headrest was gone.
 

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OK headrest is out, car seat fits
Now ordering the replacement to stick it in place
Half tempted to cut the new one with the "ponytail" slit in the middle that I saw once on a volvo mockup
or shave the bottom so the seat can fit
 

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WhiteMule, I'm trying to remove the back to the third row seat on my 2004 XC90 to repair the cable that releases the head rest when folding down the seat. Does the plastic trim piece under the head rest pry up to remove? I didn't see the original question, but I'm hoping I do not have to hack saw off the head rest posts as you mention above. Thanks for your help!
 

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WhiteMule, I'm trying to remove the back to the third row seat on my 2004 XC90 to repair the cable that releases the head rest when folding down the seat. Does the plastic trim piece under the head rest pry up to remove? I didn't see the original question, but I'm hoping I do not have to hack saw off the head rest posts as you mention above. Thanks for your help!
These were his only 4 posts. Years ago.

Sent from the seat of my pants
 

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are you sure your problem is not the plastic tab being broken under the third row seat/
 
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