Monday, June 28, 2010

Folding The 3rd Row Seats

One of my reader asked me on this post how to fold the 3rd row seats. In this post I will show you how to do it if you have not tried it before.

You might want to create a large space between your rear seats so that you have more room to work on this.

First of all you need to find the marker for the 3rd row seat. Only when the 3rd row seat is in this position, it can be lifted up from the rail. I have tried but somehow my old digital camera couldn't get me a clear picture of the marker as shown below.

Maybe because of the beige colour and the reflection from the side wall from the flash light such that the marker doesn't come out clear. However, you should be able to find it right in front the edge of your 3rd row seat. I have circled it in the above photo.

Slide your 3rd row seat so that the front edge of the seat is level with the marker.

Now pull the level on the side of the 3rd row seat (as shown below) to lower the backrest so that it is flush with the seat.
Here is a view from the rear of the car when the 3rd row seats are in flat position when the backrests are lowered.
Now pull the level that lock (as shown) the 3rd row seats to the rail on the floor to release the seats.

Once the seat is released from the rail, you can lift it up as shown below.

Finally under the seat, there is a velco strap that you can hook your seats to the roof-hook as shown below.
Give this a try if you want to fold your 3rd row seats.

Hope this help


  1. Hi Nighto

    My name is Jefri. Need your personal opinion for Alphard search. I got stuck in meeting my requirement and budget.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Jefri,

    I think it is not easy to find a balance between budget and requirements. As I written previoulsy, you are getting what comes with the car which determine the price. If your requirements is high than it also means you'll need to budget a little bit more.

    You'll really need to decide what features are important to you and whether it will fit your budget.

    Hope you find what you are looking for.

  3. Good Morning. It is good to know there is someone really knows the Alphard in and out. Anyway, I owned 2005 Alphard (recond-Japan) and it now hits the 50K mileage. Just would like to know what type of gear oil (auto) it uses as I could only find these words in the japanese manual API GL-5 SAE 85W-90. Is this the one ? Or there is something else ? Appreciate if you could help. Thanks. (Azizi)

  4. Hi Azizi,

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    The API GL-5 SAE 85W-90 is the spec for the axle oil. For automatic transmission fluid (ATF), you should use ATF with grade Dexron III or above grade. Toyota recommends to use their own ATF for Alphard. You can buy original 4.0L Toyota ATF from most spare part shop. Check out this post on some of the parts used to service my Alphard


  5. Hi Nighto, thanks for the information,r u different entities from AOC

  6. Hi,

    I don't know if I am part of AOC or not. AOC is not a registered entity. It is just a name given to a group of Alphard Owner who are active members of I occasionally log in to that forum to see what's happening.

    I owned the domain name so you can also said I am part of AOC! Hahaha.