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Unread 10-11-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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Rear Seatbelt wound up and wont release

I'm re-installing the rear seat belts after "herc"ing the tub and I came across a huge problem. I allowed the rear seat belt mechanism to wind up the entire seat belt minus maybe 6 inches or so. Now the belt is locked in the spool like they do when you jam on the brakes. There has to be a way to release the tension therefore releasing the belt....right?? I'm stumped ? Keep in mind neither end is bolted in, both ends are dangling by the sport bar. Am I missing a button or something? Any help extremely appreciated!!

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Unread 10-11-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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take the cover off, (dont worry spring are contained) you will see locking pin, release it and open the belt
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Unread 10-11-2008, 04:35 PM   #3
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ok gonna run outside and try that
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Unread 10-11-2008, 04:39 PM   #4
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the plastic decorative cover is riveted to the belt housing, I'm gonna have to drill the rivet out I guess
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Unread 10-11-2008, 04:42 PM   #5
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Our seatbelt mechanisms will not release unless held perfectly vertical, in the same position as they are mounted in. If they are tilted at all, the little ball in the bottom of the mechanism will roll out and lock it up.
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Unread 10-11-2008, 04:47 PM   #6
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Jerry, once it's locked up can it be unlocked? I mean, if I go hold it just right it'll unlock or Did I now wind it past the point of no return
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i had this problem when i took mine out to paint the cover.just take your time with it.don't drill or get frustrated.just do like jerry said,it will come back out.
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Jerry, once it's locked up can it be unlocked? I mean, if I go hold it just right it'll unlock or Did I now wind it past the point of no return
Just go hold it perfectly vertical and still so the ball won't roll out of position and wiggle the belt in/out. It'll eventually unlock and retract.
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Unread 10-11-2008, 04:57 PM   #9
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Once again the fine folks at jeepforum save me time and frustration. I did exactly what you told me to do and it worked on the first try. Thanks for a job well done.
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