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Old August 15th, 2004, 10:26 PM
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how do you unlock seat belt, can't get it to free up

I took out my interior to get my vehicle rhinolined, and I cannot get the seatbelt to lengthen so that I can reattach it. What is the trick it stays all coiled up on the spring loaded end. Pics and/or description would be great.
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Old August 15th, 2004, 10:31 PM
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Old August 15th, 2004, 10:34 PM
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tried that, should I let it take it all then start pulling slowly, I was afraid to let it get all the belt, for fear it might bind due to the large spool.
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Old August 15th, 2004, 10:41 PM
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Thanks for posting this Aaron! I have the same problem. I just bought a pair of seat belts and one is locked. I tried everything with no luck Come on people give us some idea's
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Old August 15th, 2004, 10:42 PM
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hold the reel in the postion it would be bolted in (level-staight up and down)and try pulling up on the webbing-you may need to give the reel a good tap
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Don't let the spool take up too much of the belt. I had the same problem on my 110 and on the rear belts in my 90. Remove the reel from it's mounting point and try shaking it around a bit. There's a small (15mm maybe) steel ball in the reel mechanism that shifts fore and aft with the braking motion of the vehicle. This is what controls the spool inside the reel. It can get jammed easily if not held in the exact correct position. The plastic surround of the reel can be removed and refitted (might have to break off a tiny plastic tab and reglue--what I did on my 110) to free it up.

The only other fault that could cause the spool to seize within the reel is if the belt itself is frayed on the edge. Both rear belts on my 90 had frayed edged from where they baffle in the wind with the top down. I trimmed the "fuzz" from the frayed edges with a flame and all is well now.

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I know how to prevent it from happening now. I pulled out an extra 6to8 inches and put a ziptie above the spool, so it couldn't pull it in. Just a little fyi
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I received a call over the weekend from the guys at Line-x, they were having troubles getting my seatbelt bolted back on. Found this old thread and walked them through the process. I guess there is a pendulum in there that has to be positioned juuuuuuuuussst right.

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PS...They did a FANTASTIC job!
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I received a call over the weekend from the guys at Line-x, they were having troubles getting my seatbelt bolted back on. Found this old thread and walked them through the process. I guess there is a pendulum in there that has to be positioned juuuuuuuuussst right.

Thanks D-90 source!

PS...They did a FANTASTIC job!
Post some pics!!! I'd like to see it.

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Post some pics!!! I'd like to see it.

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I will take a few pics and post tonight!
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Sharp smack to the side of it will release it as well.
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bad things are afoot if "sharp smack" is the beginning of anything that I am fixing is one of the steps.....
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