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Old 01-21-2003, 08:48 PM
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Seat belt stuck fully extended

Anyone out there know how to get a rear seat belt to retract back into its housing? Had a passenger in the rear seat of my S500 Coupe today, extended the belt all the way to buckle it, and now it won't go back into the retractor.
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Old 01-22-2003, 01:53 PM
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1985 Euro SL has Sticking belts too.

I have had the occasions when my seatbelts stick in an extended position for anywhere form five minutes to 24 hours. If I pull fast they can stick. It is really bad if I am out and canít buckle up or if it happens to my wife on the passenger side. What is the problem?
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Old 01-25-2003, 03:41 PM
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Well, solved my seat belt problem today... here was the problem in case someone else can use the information.
Took the back seat out and removed the C-pillar trim to get access to the seat belt. Behind the trim, belt goes through a "slot" formed by two steel stampings. When installed, there is about 1/8 inch clearance between the two pieces.
Mercedes used a thick, rubberized sound absorber material on the inner surfaces of the C-Pillar. This material is super stickly on the side that adheres to the body.
Anyway, a piece of this material drooped (hot day last summer?)into the belt/slot and jammed the belt so it could not retract. The tensioner wouldn't let it go back out until is was fully retracted... therefore jammed in position.
Disassembled, cleaned, reassembled... and it works great.

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