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post #14 of (permalink) Old 15th April 2009
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Righty ho,just before I start,I'm afraid that the seatbelt in the one we are stripping at work is pretty much fubar'd,so you'll have to try and source another one Spannerdemon.Sorry about that,ours is pretty filthy and it won't clean up,also there a couple of areas of damage to the webbing so I wouldn't be happy for you to use it.

But anyway,here is 'How To Remove A Seatbelt On A Scenic'.

Firstly,I have cheated as the Scenic had a leather interior in it which we have removed and sold,this makes access to the belt much easier,and it also means I have already removed the lower bolt from the belt which is on to the seat.I think you have to remove a round plastic cover in the side trim of the seat(ours was already missing) and then undo the bolt behind it(either a 16 or 17mm,I can't remember which).The belt will then release from the seat.If you are removing the belt to reuse it,you need to pull the belt out and then tie a loose knot in it to stop it retracting fully.If it goes past a certain point you won't be able to release it and the belt is junk.

OK,so here we have the belt.....

....and here it is with a knot tied in it!.

You need to first remove the cover from the top bolt(I know it's already missing in the above pic,they are out of sync a little!).The cover just flicks of with the aid of a small flat blade screwdriver.You need to make sure that you catch it as it releases,otherwise it'll fly accross the inside of the car never to be seen again!.

Then it's just a case of using a 17mm spanner to undo the bolt.

Now you have to remove the top door post trim to be able to remove the lower one and access the belt it's self.To remove the top trim you need to pop off the height adjust knob(it just literally pulls off,you may need to pursue it a little from behind with a screwdriver although you need to lever it away equally top and bottom/side to side otherwise you could snap the clip that holds it on).......

The top of the trim just pulls away from the top,it's clipped in so will again need a small bit of persusion from behind).

.....and then you need to lift the trim to release the fingers that hold it to the lower trim......

Once the top trim is off,it will expose the T20 headed screw holding the lower trim in place.....

.....which you need to undo.......

This will release the trim at the top,you then need to lift this trim in the same way as you did the top one to release the fingers holding it behind the lower sill trim......

(This ones taken at a bit of an odd angle,but I've tried to show the three fingers holding the trim on at the bottom)

You can then release the trim by feeding the belt through the split where the T20 screw was holding it in place.....

This will then expose the business end of the belt,the reel.This again is held in place with a 17mm bolt,this is slightly awkward to access unless you release the inner sill trim.This is quite a bit of extra work,so it's easier to just gently pull the trim back out of the way to access the bolt......

Once that bolt is removed,the belt can be removed and thats the job half done.

When fitting a replacement belt,make sure that the tab by the reel bolt fits into the hole in the door post.This is there to hold the belt at the right angle so it can be released......

Hopefully it'll be clearer when you have a go yourself.

When you remove the seat belt,unless you hold the reel at the right angle you won't be able to pull any belt off it as the locking mechanism will activate.Don't panic or try and force the belt out,just hold the real straight up and down as it would be when mounted in the car and it will eventually release.If you don't tie a knot in it when you remove the top bolt,the spring will retract all of the slack belt and it has happened to me where the whole belt has retracted and then you can't get any slack back in to it to release it..

Just take your time when doing the job,check everything twice and I'm sure you'll be OK.I know I don't have to say this,but a seatbelt could save your life so make sure your happy to carry the job out,and if not let a proffessional help out.Once you've got the belt fitted,make sure the belt pulls out and retracts properly,and also sit in the seat with the belt on and give the belt a hard,quick tug with your hand.You should feel it lock,this is what stops you flying fowards when braking hard or when your involved in an accident.

Any problems,let us know and we'll do our best to help out.

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