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Seat belt buckle receiver will not accept buckle. The latching mechanism is stuck open and doesn't recede so the buckle (male) can't insert properly

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  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    1997 Ford Explorer same issue (Spring is gone ?)

  • richardson3 Aug 14, 2008

    Same problem here, driver's seat belt buckle receiver (female) won't accept seat belt buckle (male). Hoping this is a D.I.Y. project.



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If it's not a coin, look inside the buckle again, compare it with a properly working latch. If you see something inside the broken latch that looks like it may be protruding out from the back, try pushing it back with a flathead or key, then pop the push button back up with the same tool you used... I have to do this each time I get out of my truck because the spring is broken. It still should work fine, it's just missing a spring that reset the latch to it's resting position. If you're still skeptical about it though, it's like a 25 dollar fix with installation.

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

  • kornwin Sep 04, 2009

    If it's not a coin, look inside the buckle again, compare it with a
    properly working latch. If you see something inside the broken latch
    that looks like it may be protruding out from the back, try pushing it
    back with a flathead or key, then pop the push button back up with the
    same tool you used... I have to do this each time I get out of my truck
    because the spring is broken. It still should work fine, it's just
    missing a spring that reset the latch to it's resting position. If
    you're still skeptical about it though, it's like a 25 dollar fix with
    installation.



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If it is broken you do not have to remove the seat to replace as I was
instructed. I welded a 20 inch x 1/2 inch length of flat steal to a 10 mm open end wrench. it is slow but still faster then removing the seat, I have power seats. the only thing i would of done differently would be to use a ratcheting wrench instead of open end.

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I took a 2005 Ford Taurus in with the same issue. Woudn't buckle. They looked inside it for a coin or something, found nothing, then tried forcing it and still nothing. Quoted me a OEM buckle for $275, for a buckle. Then $80 to install. I got the part number, purchased off eBay used, installed with a wrench in 20 min. New on line run about half the cost of dealership. The new OEM cost is associated to a wire that is connected to a sensor which deploys the airbag. It isnt front car impact sensors (that most of us think), it's the force your body pulls on the belt at impact. You can buy buckles new too without the wiring for $30. I figured for $39 a used one would be fine, just hope the wiring is working on it or I may end up dead trying to save $200+ clams. The wiring connection simply plugs into the lower device at time of install.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011

Latchg may have injested a coin, trying to figure this one out myself.

Posted on Sep 07, 2008

Try spraying WD 40 into female seatbelt section. Not to long of a spray, then try inserting. It may have soda pop split in it. Then baked in it. It may take several try to free up inside parts.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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    rutherfurd51 Jan 21, 2013

    This one worked for mine, Thanks for saving me $200 + Labor+++

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