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Old 07-19-2004, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 1992 735i has a stuck seat belt retractor on driver's side.

Today, I was driving down a steep mountain from Tilden Park above Berkeley and noticed that the seat belt was not giving me any slack. I took it off and before I knew it, the belt was fully retracted and won't come out. I tried to stop the car hard while in reverse to re-set the retractor, but no luck.

Any suggestion on how to fix?

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Old 07-19-2004, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not the sort of problem you want in a seven....

I'm not sure about how to get to the mechanism but it'll be a new spring. Mr Dealer will be happy to oblige.
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I parked in the shade on Saturday morning, took the retractor part apart and kind of played with the ball-bearing/spring lock contraption. I guess there was dirt that kept the ball from rolling freely because it works fine now.

Dealer was going to charge $125 for a new seatbelt. I was expecting something higher.

Thanks. Now to get my CD changer to work again...
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