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    D2 seat belt lockup fix

    Bought my first Land Rover(D2 TD5/auto) 3 days ago. It was love at first drive. Yesterday I ran into my first major issue and Google didn't turn up much info of use so I thought I'd give it go and take pictures to help others who may run into this in the future.

    I dropped the middle row of seats yesterday to fit the cargo/border collie retention barrier. When I got home I found I couldn't lift the larger section of seats on the driver's side because the seat belt in the middle section was locked. Today I took things apart and worked out the what's what. The information that follows is intended for informational purposes only and in no way constitutes advice, instruction, or suggestion. You know the score. Don't sue me if you screw up and/or somebody gets hurt, alright?

    Start by removing the child seat anchor and carefully popping the plastic shell off the back of your seat. A flathead screwdriver, used mindfully, should suffice, but interior tool it if you have one. Considering that lock washer and a couple of clips missing on the seat's shell back, I'm guessing my Disco has seen this problem before.
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    There's a single bolt holding the seat belt spool on. I believe it was a 17mm and the child seat anchor was 13mm or 1/2". I used an IKEA chip bag clip to keep it from spooling up too fast. The clip was old and not a perfect grip, but it held good enough to prevent dramas. Land Rover was kind enough to provide us with built-in ratchet holders too!
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    At this point, you should be able to work the belt back and forth to unspool and reinstall it if you hold it right side up as it would be if it were mounted and seats in their vertical position. Might have to shake it gently to unlock the inertia device and you'll obviously want to secure your newfound slack on the front side of the seat so you can lift it again after reinstalled and everything tidied up. I'm too curious for my own good so I had to have a look inside.

    There's a thick end and skinny end on the spool mech. I didn't bother messing with the skinny end because I was simply too lazy to go dig up my torx bits. To get into the guts of the thick end there's a small cover I didn't get a pic of apparently, but it exposes this end which is the last thing you need to remove. Don't play with the paperclip looking spring. No need and it looks easy enough to wreck. In the second picture you'll see one of two retainer devices that you simply need to push the pin in the middle upward on to unlock so you can get the pair of thick tabs around them pushed up. I used a small flathead screwdriver bit as a wedge to apply a little pressure and keep the clips(one of two shown in picture 3) from holding on when I squeezed the tabs on one of those pin type retainers. I don't know the specific names for them so please forgive me. If you're doing this you'll easily know what I mean.
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    Money shots. The gray bit you'll see at the top of the first two pictures holds a small, shiny, brassy looking weight. When you hit a large bump or roll your truck over, that weight pushes on that little white plastic shoe which in turn pushes that green hook and actuates the white mechanism inside that cover as seen in the third photo and those metal tabs into the yellowish wheel which does the heavy lifting so far as actually stopping the spool and your passengers/seats from going anywhere.. Laying your middle row seat forward can evidently get that weight jiggled up. if you need to lay down your seats, buckle the middle belt first so you'll have the slack to get the seat upright and gravity can naturally reset the little weight thingy. the gray plastic weight holder is held in position by two plastic pegs and will fall out and roll across your floorboard if you're not paying attention.
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    Don't ask me for torque figures on the mounting bolts because this is all for informational purposes only, I don't want to be held liable if you DIY your seat belt and something goes awry.

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    Have you worked out why it happened though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    Have you worked out why it happened though?

    There's a small plastic button in the belt that by the looks of things is supposed to hold enough slack to allow seats to be brought upright. Apparently these buttons often miss their cue and allow too much slack to be recoiled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILikeDirt View Post
    There's a small plastic button in the belt that by the looks of things is supposed to hold enough slack to allow seats to be brought upright. Apparently these buttons often miss their cue and allow too much slack to be recoiled.
    Correct,

    Most times what has happened is that there is a little plastic part that clips into the seat up where the seat belt retracts into at the top, usually this plastic part is either missing or damaged and the little plastic button has nothing too "foul" on, then retracts too far and you end up as you did.

    Cheers
    Jane's

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