How to Remove the Rear Seats of Most Honda Vehicles

Most of you may be reading this article because you are installing one of our Custom Seat Covers for your Honda, but there are actually many reasons why you may need to remove the rear bench. Some of the reasons include:

  • installing car seat covers
  • upgrading speakers
  • applying sound insulation like Dynamat
  • weight reduction
  • accessing fuel pump
  • changing rear shocks
  • cleaning interior
  • retrieving lost items like coins or even an engagement ring (yes, this really happened!)

Like other car manufacturers, Honda uses a lot of the same hardware such as bolts and plastic clips across their entire lineup. So, whether you own an Accord, Civic, Insight, Fit, or other Honda sedan or coupe, you will most likely follow the same steps for removal of your rear seats. Now, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Removing your rear seat is actually easy to do, and we will walk you through each step of the way.

Tools You May Need

Before you begin, you will need the following:

  • Socket wrench with 10mm socket (deep socket or extension may be required depending on position)
  • Mechanic or light weight gloves (optional)

Step 1- Identify the Seat Anchors

Honda uses two types of seat anchors to secure your rear bench seat cushion: 10mm bolts and plastic clips. Bolts are used to secure the bench seat cushion to the frame of the car, and plastic clips are used to secure the front part of the rear bottom cushion.

Step 2 – Locate and Remove the 10mm bolts

Honda uses 10mm bolts (in most cases just 1) to secure the back portion of the bench. Since they attach directly to the frame of the car, they are located in the back portion of the bench cushion.

  1. Position yourself directly facing the rear seats.
  2. Starting in the center of the rear bench, insert your hand in between the backrest and bottom cushion until you feel the frame of the car
  3. Slowly move your hand to the right until you feel the head of a bolt. If the bolt is securing a “U” shape piece of metal attached to the bottom seat cushion, you have found the 10mm bolt.
    Tip: the 10mm bolt is generally located either to the left or right of the center passenger seat buckle
  4. Use your 10mm socket wrench to remove the bolt. It may be necessary to use a deep 10mm socket or a socket extension depending on the level of recess.
    Tip: lower the rear seat back cushion halfway for better visibility and access if you are having trouble reaching the bolt
  5. Repeat steps above except move your hand left of the center to determine if there is another bolt that requires removal.
    Note: This step is not necessary for the vast majority of Honda vehicles

Step 3 – Locate and Unlatch Plastic Clips

Honda uses 2 plastic clips to secure the front part of the rear bench. Unlike the 10mm bolt, you will not need any tools to unlatch the clips.

  1. Position yourself directly facing the rear seats.
  2. Starting at the middle of the left passenger seat, place your hand a few inches in between the gap of the bottom seat cushion and carpet lining.
  3. Move your hand left to right to locate the first plastic clip. You may also slightly lift up the front of the cushion for better visibility.
  4. The front of the plastic clip will have a pull tab.  Apply moderate pressure on both sides of the tab and pull forward.
  5. With the tab in its most forward position, lift the seat cushion with a straight upwards motion to release that side of the cushion.
    Tip: If you are unable to lift the seat cushion upwards, it may be that the tab has not been fully extended. Try applying downwards pressure on the seat cushion while pulling the tab forward.
  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 starting at the middle of the right passenger seat to release the right side clip.

Step 4 – Pat Yourself on the Back!

Congratulations! If you successful applied steps 1 through 3, you should now be able to fully remove your rear seat cushion.

If you followed all the steps and are still having difficulties removing the rear bench cushion, we have also written installation articles for specific Honda vehicles:

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