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The seat belt mechanism is making a squealing noise - I want to get into the mechanism how do I get into the mechanism?

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Remove the door frame bottom plate (it pops out). The mechanism is behind the column bezel, just pop out the bottom and so far up to get access to it. If just squeaking, lube it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015

Testimonial: "Thanks, we got into it - in the Sierra it is in a column that is part of the seat - we got the plastic off and oiled the mechanism and squeal gone."

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