2006 Towncar: How to remove front bench seat; and make SURE airbag doesn't deploy?

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Nov 9, 2018
South Florida

Thanks in advance. I searched the threads, but couldn't find a post on this. Checked a Haynes manual, too--but want to confirm the procedure:

1) To remove the front bench seat on a 2006 Lincoln., do you just remove headrests; slide bench forward and remove bolts from rear of tracks; then slide backwards and remove bolts from the front of tracks; disconnect wiring harness, and lift out? Would I need a helper to lift the seat out? Any idea of exactly what bolt sizes are involved?

2) If I disconnect battery, then turn on headlights for 5 minutes to drain the system of any remaining electric charge, will that be damn SURE to keep the airbag from deploying while I take out the front seat? (**And what is the order of operations, so that I can still use the motor to slide the seat forward and then back to access the track bolts for removal, but definitely not set off the airbag? Should I just try to access the bolts without sliding the seat forward and back?)

3) Anything else I should know?

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Aug 30, 2020
I haven't done this before, but I have done other disassembly where airbags were a concern.
Basically disconnect the battery and wait. Manual says 5-10 minutes, but I err towards a full hour. Not sure that the headlights have anything to do with discharging the SRS capacitors.
As to when that occurs, I would say definitely before removing the wiring harness, and even before removing the second set of bolts.
Obviously you need power to the motor for the seat to move, so perhaps removing the first bolts, moving the seat, and then disconnecting the battery would be a good approach.
I would also advise a helper to remove the seat, I had one when I removed the dash and it was a very good thing. Probably best to not bang around components (like the seats, dash, steering column) that have airbag components in them either. 2 people will make that much easier to avoid.
No idea what bolt sizes are involved, but an impact driver is a major help for this kind of work.