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#23800 of 24043 seat belt troubleshooting
Jul 18, 2005 (3:02 pm)
i have a 2001 mazda protege and am trying to figure out how to fix an apparent jammed seat belt. i used the seat belt directly behind the driver's seat to secure a round cooler this weekend and now i can't pull out the belt all the way. it will give about a foot and then stop. it doesn't appear to be twisted. i can't figure out how to clear the problem. any ideas?
#23801 of 24043 Unloosening a Seat belt
Jul 18, 2005 (8:11 pm)
how to fix an apparent jammed seat belt. i used the seat belt directly behind the driver's seat to secure a round cooler this weekend and now i can't pull out the belt all the way
As I think back to when this happened to me I remember there being a thin slot on the buckle; slide a dime into the slot to release the buckle.
#23802 of 24043 Re: seat belt troubleshooting [heatherh]
Jul 19, 2005 (7:28 am)
Apparently you have engaged the child-safety seat ratcheting feature -- i.e. when you pull the belt out all the way (which you probably did to secure the cooler), and then let it go back in part of the way, it will lock there -- the purpose being to hold a child safety seat securely. Just let it retract all the way and it should return to normal.
Jul 20, 2005 (4:52 pm)
i think the culprit was the baby lock thing. that sounds right. anyway, it must have retracted all the way on it's own. when i went back to try out your advice, it was fixed?! thanks for the tips!
#23804 of 24043 Re: FIXED! [heatherh]
Jul 21, 2005 (6:20 am)
When you suddenly become a family (instead of just a couple), you learn interesting things about many things in life -- and your car is a small part of that!
Jul 24, 2005 (8:16 pm)
Good to see you still have your Protege.
Did you ever get the battery to stop sliding around?
#23807 of 24043 Nice to see YOU, TOO, Dale.
Jul 25, 2005 (8:17 am)
Do you not love us anymore???
#23808 of 24043 Re: FIXED! [theparallax]
Jul 25, 2005 (11:34 am)
Looking good. My '99es is still running strong. It got a polish and waxing last weekend. Next up: new speakers and tires.
#23809 of 24043 Re: Hey, Clint [chicagopro]
Jul 25, 2005 (3:55 pm)
LOL yes, the battery problem has been fixed. So has the engine, in a sense.
I now have a 2002 FS-DE 2.0 manual in place of the rather anemic, but reliable 1.6 ZM-DE automatic. It's fun!