Do you think your seat is a bit tired? Do you get tired from your seat? Then it’s time to replace the seat padding or -cushion!
There are a few different types, this one is for the swivel seat in the VW California. It has a different mounting than a normal Transporter seat, you can see that in the video below. Otherwise you will be looking forever for the 2 extra bolts a normal Transporter has 😉
The OEM article nr is 7E5881375D and costs about € 90,- at the VW dealer.
How do you do that?
- The seat is bolted to the frame with 4 bolts. Unscrew them with a 13 mm wrench.
- Then you can flip the chair backwards and locate the 2 bolts which holds the seat padding. Loosen these and also the 3 plugs of the airbag, seat heating and seat belts.
- You now can push the seat padding backwards and lift it out, be aware of the wiring, you don’t want it to rip it apart. It’s only attached with 2 bolts on the front.
- Turn the seat upside down and you can pull the plastic rim of the seat cover off.
- Turn the seat back and unclip the iron wires that holds the seat cover in shape. Be aware: you have to apply force. I used a power wire (see photo below) and a screwdriver, it can be pretty nasty to do this. But in the end you will succeed.
- Now it’s the time to use this moment to put the seat cover in the washing machine, nice & fresh! (don’t forget to remove the iron wires)
- Most California’s have heated seats, the heating mats are glued on the outer edges with tape you have to remove.
- Now take you new, fresh and firm seat padding. Glue the heating mat with glue that stays flexible and can be used on foam, I used Bisontix.
- Apply the clean seat cover, attach the iron wires to the wiring within the seat padding (again: be aware, you can get hurt, at least I did 😉 )
- Put the seat back together in reverse order.