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    Hi, I have a 52 1.8 LS with a driver side seatbelt that is very slow to reel in.
    I have instructions on how to remove the central/lower door trims, but before I go ahead and pull the trims off, has anybody experienced this problem and is it practical to get in and repair the seatbelt mechanism?

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    if you have to get that far in to remove the belt ( and it is a BIG job).. you might as well change the belt reel as it's not really repairable...

    to access the lower securing nut you'll need a 13mm tube spanner as a deep reach socket isn't deep enough.. you get in via the black plastic bung on the OUTSIDE of the B pillar, there is a circular bung, remove it and the nut is deep inside..remove the seat side trim and you'll find the seat to belt securing bolt..

    work slow and try not to drop the M8 nut....then just take care when re-attaching the upper sliding cover.....

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    Thanks for the info - it sounds like long and hard work - I think I will just live with it!

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    I have the same issue here....after that description provided I will follow CRAIGMILL and leave it alone.

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    Hmmm... this seems pretty common as I have it too. Probably a problem with all the seatbelts but showing up on the most used one...

    If I felt like changing it, could I just swap the passengers and driver side belts?

    byas

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    in the back of my minds eye, i can't think of a reason why not..

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    The parts are listed separately as RH and LH (different part numbers) but I'm trying to work out why they are! lol Just gone out and looked at mine, and they look the same - there must be some difference somewhere between them to be different numbers.

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    i can't think of it at the moment???....it's got to be minor..

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    Yup, but what?! lol Even the fitting onto the seat looks identical i.e.not different on either side. I wonder if it's something in the inertia reel? Is there not a little device in the reel assembly (maybe pendulum type?) that if you decelerate will lock the belt and so that may be set for the direction of travel - if you see what I mean - or does that device just work purely on the speed that the belt is pulled from the reel at?

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    now you're asking!!..LOL..thats going to play on my mind all evening now....

    i wonder if it is the pendulm.. i'm not stripping mine out again to find out for you though..

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