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Old 12-19-2011, 02:03 PM
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Chevy Astro Van

I am working on seats in a 1998 Chevy Astro Van. The captains chairs have a round knob used to recline the backs on the seats. Does anyone know how to remove those? Also, how to remove the arm rests? I'm thinking you have to pull the cover back on the armrests to access the bolt that holds those on.

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The round knob probably unscrews counterclockwise, or is a friction fit and pulls off. The armrests are a bear to get off. I'm pretty sure you have to access the clip that holds them on from the rear of the seat back. Can you post any pictures of these seats?
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These aren't very good pics but you can see what I'm working on. Actually the van is a 1994.
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Go get a seat out of a same year Astro van from a junk yard, and practice on it. That way, you do not do non repairable damage to the seat in your van.
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The black knob could be a friction fit and will pry off. Be careful when you do it not to break the plastic piece under the knob. Also, look under the seat bottom to see if there's anything holding the shaft the knob is mounted on. As far as the armrest, push in the seat back fabric to see if there is a clip holding the shaft of the armrest, or if there is a separate back panel that you can take off to get access.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Turn out to be really simple. Turning the armrest straight up and parallel to the seat back, pushing in and rotating clockwise about an 1/8th turn released it. Pretty simple after you know the secret..........

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