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post #1 of 27 Old 09-18-2008, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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help with seat belts

The center rear seat belt shoulder strap is stuck in the totally retracted position. Jeep want $270 for a brand new assembly, even though the belt and buckle are in perfect shape. Does anyone know if this is a DIY replacement? How can I take the seat apart to get to it?

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-19-2008, 09:38 AM
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I just jumped on this forum to find an answer to the same question. My rear seatbelt on my 2006 Laredo is stuck in the retracted position. I cant even put the seat back up because it is so tight.
If anyone knows a way to fix this please help us!

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post #3 of 27 Old 09-20-2008, 04:21 PM
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Yes what happens is the plastic stop that stops the belt retracting when you tilt the seat gets broken off so the belt goes in too far and then you can’t get the belt back out. You need to fool the seat that the seat is in the upright position so you can unreal the belt then you just need to insert a new stop. I need to remember if you can just set the catch in the lock position to release the belt but from memory I think I needed to remove the cover around the catch and pull on the cable.
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post #4 of 27 Old 09-20-2008, 06:40 PM
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Seems to me it should be covered under warranty due to safety issues. Federal safety stuff. You might check your warranty info in your booklet.

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No warranty as it’s only a plastic stop that fits on the belt itself. I wouldn’t even cover it if was only 1 year old as it most likely got hooked on something and got broken off and there is no safety issue. But when the customer is expecting to pay for a new belt a 10p plastic stop they are very happy.
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Just go to the junkyard and find a new one. Merlin, I could guarantee that if mine breaks my dealer would fix it. Sounds like crappy service to me. I wouldn't spread that kind of service around the Jeepforums.

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LOL one from a junkyard would cost you more then just replacing the clip + the time to replace the belt so why would you do that?

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Just go to the junkyard and find a new one. Merlin, I could guarantee that if mine breaks my dealer would fix it. Sounds like crappy service to me. I wouldn't spread that kind of service around the Jeepforums.
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If warranty wanted the belt back and find it's not faulty it's just the stop broken then they would refuse the claim so I would end up paying. For a good customer I would replace the clip for free if it was in for other work but I am not going to give away seat belts for free, would you, would anyone?
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If warranty wanted the belt back and find it's not faulty it's just the stop broken then they would refuse the claim so I would end up paying. For a good customer I would replace the clip for free if it was in for other work but I am not going to give away seat belts for free, would you, would anyone?
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If it is under warranty, yes. If it needs a clip, fix the clip. Good customer service goes a long way, and makes the dealership quite a bit of money in the long run.

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Well I took some pics today this is the clip/stop that gets broken (some how) but I canít find this clip to replace it and so it need a new belt. But the clip the other side the local DIY shop sell so thatís what I replace it with instead of replacing the belt and it works fine. Hope this helps you.
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post #11 of 27 Old 09-23-2008, 01:17 PM
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I couldnt get my belt to pull out even when the seat was in the upright position. Now I cant even get it to the upright position becuase the belt is so tight. Is there a way to get to the mechanism inside the seat to fix it? The back almost looks like it could come off with some kind of zipper or something but I cant figure it out.
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post #12 of 27 Old 09-24-2008, 08:59 AM
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The seat has to be locked back in place and in the up right position and slack in the belt for it to release. You can knock the catch over so you don’t need it lock all the way back if it helps to get some slack in the belt when it’s in the upright position but if not you will need to undue the bolt holding the bottom so you get some slack it should then release. To do this remove the two bolts under the seat one on each side and the base should then lift up and give you access to the bolt that hold the bottom of the belt. Then with the it locked back, upright and slack in the belt it should release.
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post #13 of 27 Old 09-24-2008, 09:17 AM
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That would only work with the side rear setabelts right? Mine is the middle belt that is stuck. At one point the seat was in the upright position with a little slack and it still wouldnt release. How much slack is needed? We tried to tilt the seat down to get more slack but it just kept getting tighter to the point where we cant even put the seat back up anymore.
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No, I am talking about the middle seat belt as well. It not only has to be upright but also the catch locked by hand or pushed all back into place and then there must be slack. The reason it keeps getting tighter is because the stop is broken like i posted above.
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post #15 of 27 Old 09-24-2008, 10:33 AM
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okay, thank you. I will have to take a look and see if I can find the bolts to loosen when I get home. Got any ideas for what I should do to replace the broken plastic stop?
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