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Recently purchased, used Mazda 3 driver side seat belt is completely slack and will not retract. If I remove panel that is between front and back driver side doors to attempt to fix will that damage panel? Will I be able to reattach?

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The panel is attached with plastic clips, if you damage them replacements are available. Chances are you won"t be able to repair the belt retractor as it"s a sealed mechinism.

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It doesn't mean physical belt or retract mechanism.It is just bomb wiring which is part of airbag system.
When airbag deploy, passenger must stay tight in seat otherwise body lean to front then slam back to seat by airbag.
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Code 33 is warning for this part on 2005 Towncar.(older model is different meaning in Ford/Lincoln, it's possibly passenger side airbag system for earlier model)
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