This is my first instructable so bear with me please.
For this instructable you will need:
1x socket wrench
1x 14mm ( 9/16 ) Socket
1x slotted screwdriver
And maybe someone else to help you take the seats out because the middle seats weigh 50lbs each!
Step 1: Identify and Remove Bolt Covers
The easiest way to do this is to slide the seats all the way back, find the two front bolt covers, and use a slotted screwdriver (or other flat instrument) to pop them off.
Next slide both seat forward as far as they can go, and lean the back of the seat forward as well. Find the two bolt covers and remove them as well.
Step 2: Remove Bolts
The easiest way to do this is to slide the seats all the way back, find the two front bolts, and use a 14mm Socket wrench to remove them.
Next slide both seat forward as far as they can go, and lean the back of the seat forward as well. Find the two bolts and remove them as well.
Step 3: Fold and Remove Seats
Keep in mind they weight roughly 50 lbs each so you may need help.
I would suggest putting the four bolt covers in the cargo space inside each seat so you dont lose them.
also, replace the bolts in place so you dont lose them either.
Step 4: Remove Rear Seat
THEY MUST BE REMOVED TOGETHER AS THEY ARE ONE UNIT.
I have taken photos of bolt locations, and have been told by a MAZDA dealer mechanic that this is how it is done.
The rear seat is held in place by 5 14mm hex bolts. Three are located in the front underneath three plastic bolt covers.
The other two are located inconveniently under the rear of the seat.
I would suggest removing the rear bolts first. Slide both seats forward, and remove the tool rack to expose the spare tire. locate bolts on each side and remove.
Next, slide both seats back as far as the can go, and remove the bolt covers. Then remove bolts.
Fold down seats and remove them!
I would put the bolt covers in a bag an tape/tie the bag to the seat as to not lose them. As well I would screw the bolts back in their place.
I would have done this for my trip home for Christmas, but I have a babyseat that I needed to attach in the rear seat.