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    Exclamation Front seatbelt removal

    Hi!

    Has anyone removed the pre-facelift front seatbelt? Mine doesn't work, and I have to change it due to MOT (the belt doesn't "lock" when I give it a tug).

    What tools are required and how to dismantle the belt?

    Any help is highly appreciated!

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    it's 'involved' but not difficult...the hardest bit will be getting a deep enough socket for the bottom bolt..

    1st.. remove the bolt cover on the seat.. the bottom seat bolt is one torx bolt, undo and remove..

    2nd, remove the door seals front and rear.. you will need to take the pillar trim off...this clips into the door pillar, but it's in two bits..you need to work the clips out from behind, so use the gap left by the door seal to get a lever in and lever it forward..it will work forward, then split it at the join..you will also need to remove the door sill trim..pull this up and off..you can leave it in the car, it just needs to release the middle trim section..

    The top section is secured at the top with the 'airbag' plastic plug..use a clean tool to lever it forward and withdraw, then unclip the top section and bring it forward.. now, make a note of how the belt goes through the guide and the top moveable cover and how it's attached to the top sliding mount..then undo the top securing bolt... that will be two out of 3 done....

    The 'hard' one is the bottom one...from the base of the 'B' pillar, remove the large round plastic 'grommet/bung'..look inside with a torch and you will see a white plastic stem with a 13mm nut about 80mm down it..this nut holds the reel assembly into the pillar.. the white stem is the problem as it is used to help guide the nut on when refitting.. to get the old one out you can snap it off and use a normal deep socket, but when refitting the new one you will need a box spanner or an extra deep socket..

    once swapped, refitting the trim is the reverse of how you got it off..... takes about a 'careful' 1/2hr to do.....

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    Good old Mark offering great advice again. Dont know what we would do with out you lol

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    Wow, thank you very much for advice Mark!
    I can get a 50mm deep socket, like this,



    but I don't know yet if it is deep enough for the white stem.. I will check today the needed parts, most likely the whole belt package is needed to fix this issue (?). Perhaps I'll take some pictures during the process..

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    you just need to buy the entire seat belt reel assembly.. it will come as a belt kit which you will just need to reinstall..remember, the belt will not unreel if the roll isn't vertical..it will 'jam'..

    you'll need a deeper socket than that i'm afraid..

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    Here is couple of pictures I took while checking the "premises":

    stem depth (approx 65mm, pic will lie a bit ):



    stem itself:


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    thats the one.. it's very needed to guide the nut on on assembly, but a pain as it's so long..

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    Sorry to dig up an old thread but has anyone found a socket which is deep enough to fit this?

    I looked on ebay, halfarts, machinemart etc and can only find ones which are 60mm deep which doesn't work as I need one which is 65+ deep with taking into account the socket head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldo View Post
    Sorry to dig up an old thread but has anyone found a socket which is deep enough to fit this?

    I looked on ebay, halfarts, machinemart etc and can only find ones which are 60mm deep which doesn't work as I need one which is 65+ deep with taking into account the socket head?
    I bought this Draper Vortex kit to do my top mounts and drop links, it comes with hollow extensions which can be clicked together to give an appreciable amount of depth, so it should slip over the exposed stud easily.

    For £40, it's got to be worth a shot - and more tools is always a good thing!!

    ETA - I've just checked - the small extension is 38mm, the middle one is 75mm and the long one is 150mm. This will definitely do the job when you take into account the socket depth as well, along with the fact that the entire unit is hollow as the vortex driver drives the outside of the socket, not the inside.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-Expert-40197-19-Piece-Gear-Ratchet/dp/B000PJALR8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395167552&sr=8-2&keywords=draper+vortex
    Last edited by ThatAudioBloke; 18th March 2014 at 19:40.
    2006 1.9 CDTI 150 SRI. It goes OK I suppose, for a diesel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldo View Post
    Sorry to dig up an old thread
    nothing to be sorry about. I think it's good to see that someone used the search function, bumping a thread and getting an answer

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