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Old February 10th, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Question Durango Seatbelt Fix

A friend has a 2003 Durango the other day as he was leaving work he tried to attach his seatbelt while driving through the parking lot like he always does.
This time it would not pull out, he took off the cover looked at it and didn't know what he was looking at

Any ideas on what to look for, before I go over and start messing with it ?

I figure there must be a latch/catch that engages teeth kinds like a come-a-long.

PS: he now drives his F150 to work


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See if the belt is twisted or kinked behind the cover. That's all I'm seeing besides a worn out spring or broke spring.
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thanks, will do
i'm going over there for lunch, his wife has some smoked venison sandwiches


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buddy didn't want to take anything apart he said it has an explosion device thats linked to the air bag, he seen this on Youtube

I said BS, and loaned him my torx bit set and we took the belt winder off, there was a broken spring on the gear catch thing, broke the plastic stuff off around it and removed the catch lever
now it pulls out put wont catch; at least he won't get a no seat belt ticket ($75)

there was a ball bearing about the size of a small marble encased in plastic, any idea what this is for ???

he said it's part of the explosion device, anyway no explosion and I still have all my fingers and eyes

without taking all the trim off the rear seat belt, I was wondering if the rear could replace the front ???
I'm to hamfisted to do a neat trim removal and most parts don't fit back right, I'm the bigger hammer/bigger prybar type; you get this way from working on old and new farm equipment most of your life


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I've never heard of an "Explosive" tied to the airbag from the seatbelt.. How the hell do the dealerships take them apart without them exploding?

I think the plastic stuff was the gear for the catch to retract the seatbelt, the Ball Bearing is more than likely the bearing for the gear. IDK if the rear seat belt is the same as the front, lemme search.
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the plastic stuff was just the cover over the moving parts
the restraint gears are metal
the ball bearing just sat in a square plastic cage like thing, it didn't touch anything, no wires, I broke it off too and there was nothing under it either

what do you think about the rear one replacing the front ?


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Looks like the front are different than the rear.

The Assemblies aren't cheap either...
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Hmmm.... Might be some kinda counter weight?

I can't find info on it separately, I just find the whole assemblies...
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we got a junk yard close by that we'll check out

the assembly did have 2 wire connectors, that when not connected lit up the air bag warning light

I think that catch thing caught the gear to stop the belt in the event of air bag deployment or a fast stop, it kinda worked like a pendulum, before i tore it apart if you held it upside down the belt would come out


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