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    Default Help! Seat belt won't unwind!

    During my day of playing "find the water leak in the boot, I unbolted the left hand rear seat belt mechanism from the bodywork, so I could feel behind it for damp.

    Went to refit it today, but the ****** thing won't unwind! It's fully wound up and won't extend so that I can put it back in place! Any ideas?!

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    Have you tried pulling on it at different angles, very gently, or pull, release and pull? Mine lock up on sharp bends and other inconvenient times.

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    Mines was the same .... I just gave it a BIG tug ....been ok since then ....

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    if the back of the seat isnt locked into position, the seat belt wont unwind, could it be this causing the problem?

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    Taffy, it's not the middle seat mate, but I've had that problem before (when I put a leather interior in my Vec B). Thought the belt knackered!

    Managed to solve my problem finally, having taken the mechanism to pieces to see how it works...

    It's got a big ball bearing in it, which when incorrectly positioned, jams the mechanism and causes the belt to lock. When it's correctly positioned (ie: when bolted to the car) the ball bearing sits in a small recess, so the mechanism gets the clearance it needs to work correctly. If the reel is wrongly angled, even by a couple of degrees, it won't unwind.

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