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Retractable seatbelts are stuck in forward positions.

I have a 1993 Mercury cougar xr-7, 160,000 miles and still runs great 6 cyl.
Just today the driverside retractable belt got stuck in the forward position. I checked the fuses under the dash and evrything there looks good. Any help?
i heard about an inertia switch but figured to come here first and ask people that know.

Other than the seatbelt the car runs fine and is perfect for my needs. Just can't take the seat belt ARGH!!!

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  • egrafx Jul 18, 2009

    i looked for this screw and can not find it. Is it where the belt attaches or where. I am fairly new to fords and could use alot of help

  • egrafx Jul 18, 2009

    Im new here and not sure if i was supposed to stay on with you and wait for reply.

    I cant find this overide screw where exactly should it be?

  • egrafx Jul 18, 2009

    I have a 1993 Mercury cougar xr-7, 160,000 miles and still runs great 6 cyl. Just today the driverside retractable belt got stuck in the forward position. I checked the fuses under the dash and evrything there looks good. Any help? i heard about an inertia switch but figured to come here first and ask people that know. Other than the seatbelt the car runs fine and is perfect for my needs. Just can't take the seat belt ARGH!!!


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    Jul 18, 2009 - i looked for this screw and can not find it. Is it where the belt attaches or where. I am fairly new to fords and could use alot of help

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To fix it I would recommend taking it to your nearest Ford/Lincold/Mercury dealership. If it is stuck forward however..... Where the belt should be in the driving position there is a screw, take it out. There is a manual override in there, turn it clockwise until you can move the belt to the proper position.

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The retractor need to sense two items.

1) the door switch has to be shut (closed)

2) in some case there is a weight sensor to let the computer know there is someone sitting on the seat.

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We can indirectly check both items.


Turn the dome light to DOOR OPEN DOME LIGHT ON MODE.

If the door switch is in working order then the dome light should go on.


Weight sensor is under the seat.

Make sure all connectors and wires are in good shape.


Is the SRS (air bag) light on?



If there is a MIL/Check Engine light on then pull the code.

It will help you to troubleshoot.


To sum it up.

Clean and check the door switch

and

Check and reconnect all connectors near the driver seat.



Good luck.


Posted on Jul 18, 2009

  • Vincent_G
    Vincent_G Jul 21, 2009

    Hi
    Are you able to check on the two connectors?

    The door open/close sensor switch on the driver door.

    It detect the position. If it close,it activate 1st part of the automatic seat belt.

    ==

    The weight sensor + connector.

    This is the 2nd part. If there is a driver sit on the chair then it will active the automatic seat belt.

    Please email me after you test both items.




  • Vincent_G
    Vincent_G Jul 25, 2009

    Are you able to locate the door close sensor and the weight senor?

    These are safety switches that prevent the seat belt motor to come down.

    BOTH conditions has to met


    DRIVER DOOR is fully closed

    and

    SOMEONE is sitting on the set.


    If either sensor is defective then the seat belt motor will not function.


    You will need a DVM to check these sensors.




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