First of all, I will help you find your lost instruction manual, if there is any hope of doing so. You will be tearing the house apart looking for it, thinking to yourself, "But I ALWAYS save these things! ALWAYS! Am I LOSING MY MIND??" No! It is Evenflo! They have lost THEIR minds, and you merely turned yours over to them for safekeeping! When you received the car seat, the owner's manual warned you that your child would face SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH if you didn't put the owner's manual where Evenflo told you to, and so you obeyed, and now you can't find it because it is in a place you would never think to look. Go out to your car, assuming that's where you keep your car seat. Look at the car seat, and you will see in the center of the cover a label that warns you about things--probably something about proper installation. At the bottom of that label is an almost unnoticeable remark about the instruction manual being located behind the something-something. "Something-something" will not be anything that makes sense. Don't worry! Just listen to the sound of my voice and I will guide you through. That warning is printed on a FLAP of cover. LIFT the flap. The flap has a POCKET on the back of it. The owner's manual is IN THE POCKET. Intuitive, right? That's EXACTLY where you'd look for the manual, isn't it?
So maybe now you have your manual in your hand, and you can find the seat pad removal instructions all the way at the end of it. In that case, we can now part as friends, and good luck to you on your life's journey. Otherwise, if you are empty-handed and sad because your car seat flap pocket was empty, fear not! Here are the instructions, with my clarifying comments in brackets.
Removing the Seat Pad of the Evenflo Triumph Safety Seat
- Give up. It's too hard, and not worth it.
- Okay, fine. Have it your way.
- Unfasten all eight (four on each side) seat hooks. [These are the little plastic hooks that keep the cloth cover stretched onto the car seat frame. And thanks, Evenflo, for noting that I will need to remove the seat pad for cleaning! I though you were the ones who hadn't realized that!]
- Remove the eight screws on the back of the seat back cover with a Phillips head screwdriver. Be sure to save the screws for when you reinstall the cover. [This is where I actually did give up. I couldn't get even the first screw out, it was so tightly in there. And there were EIGHT. And I was already nearly in tears from not being able to find the manual, and now discovering that it was going to be so hard to remove the cover. Also: DUH about keeping the screws. Oh, I was going to throw them away!]
- Remove two plastic retainer clips [these are on the lower back of the car seat after you remove the panel; they look like big flat sideways plastic staples], then push both harness clips [I can't tell what the hell those are, it just shows a picture of someone pulling something out of the place where the retainer clip was] through the opening in the seat height adjuster [oh my god, are you losing your mind with confusion? just throw the stupid seat away!] to the front side of the seat.
- Pull the harness clips [between the cover and the car seat frame] through the harness adjuster cover [the slots where you can choose a height for the straps], headfoam [the foamy padding between the cover and the frame] and seat pad [the cover].
- Remove the seat pad from the seat shell. [Holy crap, is it actually OFF? Does this WORK? Write to me and tell me.]
To Reinstall Cover
- Follow instructions in reverse.
- Give up in tears.
- Kick car seat down driveway, screaming at it.
- Dismember car seat corpse in dead of night; stuff furtively into opaque trash bags.
- Go out and buy new car seat.