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Corsa_Mel
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8th Oct 03 at 18:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Was planning on doing this tomorrow as I need to lay my hundred and odd wires.

Just been reading the haynes manual and it doesn't look as easy as it looks. It goes on about removing all traces of old thread-locking compound, apply some more thread locking compound, tighten bolts to specified torque settings etc etc.

Any one done this and is it just a 10min job?

What type of bolt tool do i need for the big bolts?

cheers
Adam-D
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8th Oct 03 at 18:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

u take out all plastic trim
then undo the 2 bolts at the back of the seat
put the red fork into the pre tensionor to stop it goin off
and rol/slide seat forward and out
u could re-thread lock the bolts but i didnt and theve been fine
vauxtillidie
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Registered: 27th Dec 02
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8th Oct 03 at 18:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

or u can actually remove the seat without the subframe coming with it, but theres 4 bolts rite underneath the seat which rnt that easy to get at, but adams way will be better if ur laying wires
Corsa_Mel
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8th Oct 03 at 19:02   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

so no one really bothers with the torque ratings and stuff?

whats the nut size I need for the big star screws?
vauxtillidie
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8th Oct 03 at 19:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ive not bothered bout the torque but just make sure there done up well. im not sure bout size for the star screw ones as ive never had them out, the other ones are 13mm sockets i think
Kris TD
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8th Oct 03 at 19:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by vauxtillidie
or u can actually remove the seat without the subframe coming with it, but theres 4 bolts rite underneath the seat which rnt that easy to get at, but adams way will be better if ur laying wires


its easier to remove the seat and subframe together. ive done it both ways.
IntaCepta
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9th Oct 03 at 01:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ur gonna need the right torx socket (star)
can't remember the number, its more thann T25 tho.
CORSALUVA
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9th Oct 03 at 09:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I think its t50 not too sure ill check later if i get time.

Best bet is to get a selection of torx sockets from halford etc., i did only about 10 and come in handy for all round the car.
hope this helps
Corsa_Mel
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9th Oct 03 at 10:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Just found out its t40!
Corsa_Mel
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9th Oct 03 at 13:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i'm kicking myself thinking it was going to be a quick 10min job.. oh how mistaken I was!

Just been out and bout 10 worth of sockets, srewdrivers etc. I've now torn yes torn through 2 sets of socket heads! and the bolt hasn't moved one bit

Think its going to be a long fight just to get this friccin bolt/screw out.




[Edited on 09-10-2003 by Corsa_Mel]
Sam
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9th Oct 03 at 13:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

WD40?
flipmo
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9th Oct 03 at 14:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i had to use an angle grinder to get mine out cos i used one size too small torx bit and fucked the bolt
Juni0r
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9th Oct 03 at 14:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Took me 20mins to get my front seats out!!

Doin the rear on Sat!
Corsa_Mel
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9th Oct 03 at 14:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

dont think wd40 is going to get anywhere near the actual thread as its all sealed. Must be this locking thread compound which has completely seized the screw

I can't afford to keep going through these socket heads!

20mins eh... i wish.


[Edited on 09-10-2003 by Corsa_Mel]
vauxtillidie
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9th Oct 03 at 18:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

they are probably just rusty
Kris TD
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9th Oct 03 at 18:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

took me 5 mins to take my drivers seat out, you only need to take out a small piece of trim then the 2 bolts. mind u i have a 5 door so its easier access to them, another good reason to get a 5 door hehe
Corsa_Mel
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10th Oct 03 at 00:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Yeah, i've got to the big bolt at the back, does seem a bit rusty

Think ill end up taking it to a garage
flipmo
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10th Oct 03 at 00:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Corsa_Mel
dont think wd40 is going to get anywhere near the actual thread as its all sealed. Must be this locking thread compound which has completely seized the screw

I can't afford to keep going through these socket heads!

20mins eh... i wish.


[Edited on 09-10-2003 by Corsa_Mel]


the two outer bolts arent sealed they poke through the bottom of the car through a nut welded to the floor
drunkenfool
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10th Oct 03 at 00:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeah i remember one of mine was a right bitch to get out, needed a hammer on the socket set but it did go eventually. good luck anyway!
Sam
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10th Oct 03 at 06:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

When I had problems getting the driver's seat out of my old Corsa, I just soaked the bolts in WD40, left them for a couple of minutes, then tried again, and they came out fine.
ajscorsa
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10th Oct 03 at 07:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i had problems getting mine out too. eventually i just gave it a good battering with a hammer then kicked the wrench and it started turning. same on passenger side took me bout 30 mins. took me 4 hrs on the back cos i couldnt get a bolt undone.
RichR
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10th Oct 03 at 08:40   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I can get both seats and rear out in under 40 mins, and it doesnt take long to put them back in - I use a torque wrench to get them perfectly fitted afterwards as well


basically the most fiddly part is removing the plastic trim that covers the side and subframe of the seat - once thats done there r only 2 bolts per seat
Corsa_Mel
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10th Oct 03 at 12:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeah, it looks like a 30min odd job. Just this fekin bolt wont budge.

Goin to try wd40.. after buying yet another socket set.
Greasemonkey
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10th Oct 03 at 12:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

get a small hollow pipe on the end of ya socket to increase its length makes it easier to get bolts undone, dont do them back up that way though cos you can get so much force you will strip the threads, trust me i know after doing my wheel bolt up super tight and having to get new rear drums!!!!!

 
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