How to Remove the Second-Row Seats from a 2000 Ford Explorer

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To remove the second row of seats from your 2000 Ford Explorer, simply unbolt them using a combination of a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-ended wrench set. Then, lean the seat forward, disconnect any wires, unclip the harness, and lift the seat out of the vehicle. 
There’s a variety of reasons you might want to remove your Explorer’s second row of seats—to increase cargo space, to have them reupholstered, or even just to perform an extremely deep clean of your SUV’s interior. And while it will take a bit of elbow grease, these seats can be removed.
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Can you remove the second-row seats from a 2000 Ford Explorer?

Yes—you can absolutely remove the second row of seats from your 2000 Ford Explorer. However, they’re not designed to be removed on a regular basis, so you’ll need a few tools. 
You’ll also need to follow a few safety tips before getting started: 
  • Double-check your airbags. Removing a seat from the second row of your Ford Explorer could affect the functionality of the airbags. Before letting a passenger ride in your vehicle with any of the seats removed, consult the 2000 Ford Explorer Owner Manual
  • Consider adding a tarp to the floor. Removing seats might expose some brackets and wiring. If you’re going to be using your vehicle while the seats are removed (i.e., to move cargo), consider covering the floor with a tarp or rug to protect your car, your items, and yourself from injury.
  • Don’t lose the bolts! When it’s time to put your seats back in, you’ll need all of the nuts and bolts to secure them properly. Keep them in a safe place so you don’t lose them! 
Now, let’s go through the step-by-step process of removing your Explorer’s second row of seats. 

How to remove the second-row seats from a 2000 Ford Explorer

You can carefully remove your second row of seats in a few simple steps:
  • 1. Open your car’s doors and look for the bolts located beneath your car’s seats.
  • 2. Use a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and/or open-end wrench set to remove the bolts. The tools you use will be largely dependent on access, as well as your individual arm length. It may be easier to twist some bolts with a wrench rather than a ratchet and socket, depending on your measurements. 
  • 3. Lean the seat forward and disconnect the wiring that connects to the bottom of the seat. 
  • 4. Unclip the harness that attaches the seat to the floor. If this harness is difficult to unclip with your hands, you can use a flat-head screwdriver to pry the latch of the harness and pull it out. 
  • 5. Lift up the seat by placing one hand on the headrest and one hand on the bottom of the seat.
And that’s it! You’re ready to tackle any project that requires a roomy cabin—from a deep clean to a camping trip to a cross-country move.
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How do you put the back seats down in a 2000 Ford Explorer?

If you need a little extra space, but not so much that it warrants total seat removal, you can fold your second row of seats down. 
What you’ll need to do depends on whether or not your Explorer is equipped with power-fold technology: 
  • If you have second-row power fold and tumble control, just press the appropriate button once and the seat will automatically fold and tumble forward.
  • You can also slide your second-row seats forward and back by lifting the bar under the front of the seat and then manually sliding the seat in either direction.
  • To manually adjust the recline of the seats, pull up on the lever that’s located on the side of the seat closest to the door and push the seat back or forward.
  • To manually fold your second-row seats flat, pull up on the same lever you use to recline the seats, but push the seat back all the way forward until it’s flat. Pulling the same lever all the way up will allow you to tumble the seat forward.
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Yes! Even though the Ford Explorer’s second row of seats aren’t designed to be removed on the regular, you can get them out with a few simple tools and a bit of elbow grease.

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