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2002 Mazda Protege5. While changing rear struts, the rear seatbelts had to be unmounted. I allowed the seatbelt to retract and now it will not extend (only retracts/takes in) far enough to mount it back. I can see 2 galvanized gear-like pieces on either side of the belt. Can those be manipulated to release the belt? Or, there are small holes in the plastic side covers. Does something need to be inserted in these holes to release the lock?

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Hi, these retractors or sensitive to direction so that if the are not sitting properly they will not release. as if in a roll over situation. try holding the retractor at the angle at which it was mounted and then apply slight tension on the belt pulling out. Don't take the plastic covers off or the spring inside will come a part and you will be buying new belt assembly's

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