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: How to remove 08 Malibu seats adding leather seat covers!!!!!


DwDrummer
07-04-2011, 10:27 PM
Just ordered a leather kit for our 08 Malibu ls and was wondering if anybody could tell me how to remove all the seats? I noticed the front seats have airbags and don't want them going off during the install. My main question is how to remove the top section of the rear seats how do they come out? If anybody has done this or have any tips or tricks putting the leather on I'd greatly appreciate it. Do the factory seats use hog rings?

Mali27
07-05-2011, 02:25 AM
your better off removing the rails from the frame, its only 2 huge torx bolt for each seat. Where did you order a leather seat kit?

Low Saturn
07-07-2011, 09:38 PM
Remove the front seats by removing the two rear bolts. Then slide the seat back a couple inches to detach it from the floor. Then tilt it forward to get better access to the electrical connectors under the seat. Once everything is unplugged, remove the seat from the car.

And dont worry about the air bags. Its extremely difficult to accidently blow them. Also the fabric is held to the countours of the foam with hog rings. I have picture of me disassembling a seat from my Saturn Aura. Identical seats to the Malibus. In fact, I swapped my Aura's original gray interior and seats with black interior panels from an Aura and black seats from a Malibu.

Once my pictures are done uploading, I'll post them here. Theres a lot. About 70.

DwDrummer
07-08-2011, 07:52 AM
Remove the front seats by removing the two rear bolts. Then slide the seat back a couple inches to detach it from the floor. Then tilt it forward to get better access to the electrical connectors under the seat. Once everything is unplugged, remove the seat from the car.

And dont worry about the air bags. Its extremely difficult to accidently blow them. Also the fabric is held to the countours of the foam with hog rings. I have picture of me disassembling a seat from my Saturn Aura. Identical seats to the Malibus. In fact, I swapped my Aura's original gray interior and seats with black interior panels from an Aura and black seats from a Malibu.

Once my pictures are done uploading, I'll post them here. Theres a lot. About 70.

Thanks Mike that's going to help me out tremidously!:D How many hog rings per seat? Do the rear seats have any hog rings or do you just velcro and clip down? How do the rear seat back come out Thanks for your help and look forward seeing the pictures.

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:09 AM
Thanks Mike that's going to help me out tremidously!:D

No problem.

How many hog rings per seat?

30-35

Do the rear seats have any hog rings or do you just velcro and clip down?

Both. On the seat bottom. The seat backs and bolsters also have staples.

How do the rear seat back come out

There is a clip towards the top/back of the seat side bolsters. I reach in from the side with the seat back down with some long needle nose pliers to compress the clip a bit. Then pull forward from the top then up and out.

The seat bottom just unclips. There are two clips about 1/3 of the way in from each corner.Just grab the seat bottom on the front edge and pull up. Once the front of the seat is free, slide it forward and out.

For the seat backs, you remove two torx bolts from each outside corner where it pivots. Once you remove the bolts, the seatback can slide out from the inside pivot.

Thanks for your help and look forward seeing the pictures.

I'll start posting them. Like I said before, there is just over 70 of them and I'm not sure the rules here about posting that many pictures. If there is an issue with it, hopefully a mod can direct me with the proper way of doing it.

If there is any question about any picture, just quote the picture and ask. I'll be sure to answer.

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:12 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat1.jpg

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Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:12 AM
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Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:13 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat9.jpg

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Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:14 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat13.jpg

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Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:14 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat17.jpg

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Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:15 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat21.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat22.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat23.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat24.jpg

Tyrod
07-08-2011, 10:15 AM
Does installing these leather seat covers affect the operation of the air bags in the seat?

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:16 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat25.jpg

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http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat27.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat28.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:16 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat29.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat30.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat31.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat32.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:17 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat33.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat34.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat35.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat36.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:17 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat37.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat38.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat39.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat40.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:18 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat41.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat42.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat43.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat44.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:19 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat45.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat46.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat47.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat48.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:23 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat49.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat50.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat51.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat52.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:24 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat53.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat54.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat55.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat56.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:25 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat57.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat58.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat59.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat60.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:25 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat61.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat62.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat63.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat64.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:27 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat65.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat66.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat67.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat68.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:27 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat69.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat70.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat71.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat72.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:28 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat73.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat74.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat75.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat76.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:28 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat77.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat78.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat79.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat80.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:29 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat81.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat82.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat83.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat84.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:29 AM
http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat85.jpg

http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss245/mike_silva/My%20Cars/2008%20Saturn%20Aura/Aura%20Front%20Seat/AuraSeat86.jpg

Low Saturn
07-08-2011, 10:30 AM
Thats it....

I already have the rear seat bottoms taken apart. When I get around to doing the bolsters and seat backs, I'll post those pictures as well.

gust_1980
07-08-2011, 10:22 PM
thank you!!! i plan on doing this in the fall/winter to make my own custom covers. this is the part of my fabrication that i was the most worried about, but this helps tremendously.

this should be a sticky!

DwDrummer
07-08-2011, 11:08 PM
Thanks man! Very scary looking haha. How long did it take to do one seat? Is it neccessary to take the foam on the seat? What kind of leather kit are you putting on?

Low Saturn
07-09-2011, 10:34 AM
Thanks man! Very scary looking haha.

Not so scary for me since I was disassembling the seats to dispose of them. I'm keeping some stuff as spare parts, selling other and recycling the frame. If I messed something up, it wasnt a big deal.

How long did it take to do one seat?

I did the drivers seat a week ago and it took me about an hour. The passenger seat took about 40 minutes and thats with me taking pictures. And nearly cutting my finger off. Be careful of some parts of the inside seat frame. They are razor sharp.

Is it neccessary to take the foam on the seat?

No, but once the fabric if free, the foam comes right off.

What kind of leather kit are you putting on?

I'm not putting leather on, I think this is a question for someone else.

TheMuskr
07-09-2011, 04:53 PM
if your not putting leather on then why is the thread titled "adding leather seat covers"?

gust_1980
07-09-2011, 05:50 PM
if your not putting leather on then why is the thread titled "adding leather seat covers"?

just fyi, he's not the o.p..... he was just adding the, very helpful, pictures for the op or anybody else who plans such an endeavor.

DwDrummer
07-09-2011, 09:10 PM
Thanks Low Saturn! How do you get the hard plastic piece off the back of the seat back on the rear seats? Got any pictures or advise? On the front seats does it take a long time to put the cloth back on using the hog rings? Is that hard using the hog pliers? Never done anything like this before lol. Thanks again for all your help!

Low Saturn
07-09-2011, 09:30 PM
Thanks Low Saturn! How do you get the hard plastic piece off the back of the seat back on the rear seats? Got any pictures or advise?

I havent got to those yet. But I should have them apart in the next couple days. I'll get pics of the process.

On the front seats does it take a long time to put the cloth back on using the hog rings? Is that hard using the hog pliers? Never done anything like this before lol. Thanks again for all your help!

I've never put the Aura/Malibu seat fabric back on. But I have done it before on other cars. They all are pretty much the same. Using hog ring pliers is pretty easy. The ring is open when you first get them. Kinda "C" shaped. They fit in a groove at the end of the hog ring pliers. You just get the ring around the metal bar sewn into the fabric and the one embedded in the seat foam and close the ring until the ends meet. I have also used zip-ties in place of hog rings and had no issues after years of use.

DwDrummer
07-09-2011, 09:41 PM
Thanks man!:) Will I have to use the hog rings in the creases in the center of the front seats or are the hog rings just used on the vertical section where the bolster meets thecenter of the seat? On the rear seat backs I noticed it had staples, will I need some sort of staple gun to get those to go back on when I install the leather covers? I know you haven't done those yet but thought you might could tell by looking at them haha. Wanna have everything I need at my house so I can complete the install in a few days max. Thanks again for all your help your a life saver Mike!:D

DwDrummer
07-12-2011, 07:09 PM
Hey mike got the leather seat covers today and would love to get them on as soon as possible. How do I get the rear seats backs out and the 2 sections on the back seat that has seat belts running down out? Could you take some pics for me please?? I greatly appreciate all your help man?:D

Low Saturn
07-12-2011, 09:19 PM
Hey mike got the leather seat covers today and would love to get them on as soon as possible. How do I get the rear seats backs out and the 2 sections on the back seat that has seat belts running down out? Could you take some pics for me please?? I greatly appreciate all your help man?:D

I'll see what I can do tomorrow. Between work and remodeling my house, I've been keeping busy.

DwDrummer
07-12-2011, 09:41 PM
Lol I understand completely man haha!:D I figured out the side bolsters. So all I need to do to get the seats back is unscrew the 1 screw per side? Think I might try to install the rear leather inside my house tomorrow night since it's so hot here. The heat index was 112 today!!!!!

DwDrummer
07-16-2011, 11:12 PM
Got the front seats finished up tonight so I'm finally done!:D I'll try to take some pictures this next week. Looks much better and the leather does fit good. Man are my fingers sore. Just a heads up if anybody is looking to install leather the pig rings worked better for me vs. the hog rings. My local hardware store didn't have any small hog rings in stock.

I'll have my stock grey cloth for sale if anybody is interested. PM me.