306 Cabriolet

Collection of articles including fixit guides

Since 2003, a series of articles were freely published on the Peugeot Cabriolet Owners Club website providing technical guidance and other useful information.

These articles are then illegally reproduced and sold on eBay as a PDF guide. So, to help owners of 306 Cabriolets all over the world live with their chosen ride, this PDF is now published for free here - exactly how the original authors/contributors intended!

Thanks to all those who produced the original material for these articles (see www.pcoclub.org/articles for full details and additcional articles).


Please note that neither the author nor the Peugeot Cabriolet Owners Club can guarantee the accuracy or consequences of any article published within this document. Use of any information published in these pages is entirely at your own risk.


Removing the rear seats.

If ever you need to remove the rear seats from your 306 Cabriolet, this is the article to read! Why would you want to? The main reason is likely to access the rear speaker housings (usually in the quest to update them) or if you wish to remove the side trim "cards".

This article applies to all variations of the 306 Cabriolet, with the only slight difference
being pointed-out.

Essential tools:

If your 306 Cabriolet was not fitted with optional rear head rests, you have it easy. Simply skip stages 3 to 7!

  1. Remove both seat base lower bolts (13mm socket).
Two 13mm seat base bolts indicated
  1. Remove the rear seat base and store carefully.
  2. Lower the roof but keep the roof cover open as you will need access to rear
    head rest sleeve clips.
View of the rear bulkhead with the roof cover open

Tip: Regardless of whether you've opened the roof cover using the hydraulic system or manually, ensure that the roof cover is securely held open. The cover may appear to stay in a vertical position initially, but the hydraulic ram will slowly let the cover down as the fluid drains out. Remember not to rely on the headrests or seat back to wedge a cardboard box in place as these parts are about to be removed (stating the bleeding obvious!).

  1. Pull out both rear headrests and store carefully. Removal usually involves gently, but firmly, wiggling them from side to side while pulling up. On later Phase 2 and 3 models of the car, a button was introduced that has to be pressed inwards to aid the head rest's removal.
Phase 2 and 3 headrest button
  1. Using the screwdriver or rod, remove the clips that are located in the metal headrest holders. As can be seen from the first photo below, this means you have to sink the screwdriver between the seat back and the rear bulkhead attempting to catch and remove the clips. The second photo, below, shows what you are aiming for. (The hairpin clips provide the "clicking" resistance when raising or lowering the headrests but also stop the shaft sleeves from being removed.)


Illustrating the clips that need to be removed
  1. Carefully pull out the four plastic sleeves as shown below. Failure to do so, or lack of care could result in torn leather or fabric as can be seen!
Plastic sleeves to remove and tear that could result without care
  1. Remove the two bolts from the bottom of the seat back. Again, these are 13mm.
One of the two lower bolts that need to be removed
  1. Pull the seat back up and out and store carefully.
  2. To get to the rear speakers you will need to remove a nut from bottom of the side trim cards.
Lower bolt found on side trim cards
  1. Remove both side trim card upper screws.
Screws that need to be removed from side trim card
  1. You will need to pull back some trim around the rear side trim cards in order to remove them.

Your job is done! You now have access to the rear speakers. You may also notice that there is access to the boot via two rear bulkhead cut-outs in the metal work - see photo below. Handy if you wish to route wires between compartments.

View from boot showing bulkhead cut-outs

Refitting the rear seats simply involves a reverse process of the above description. The only difference is that the metal clips removed in step 5 can be re-inserted before the rear seat back is fixed in place. This way, the sleeves will simply click back into place in the final stages - just ensure the sleeve angle cuts on the ends are rotated correctly to allow this.

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