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Middel seatbelt will not loosen

Just bought a 2006 ford escape. I put the rear seat down and it won't come back up. it's stuck, and therefor I can not pull the seat back up either.
I took almost the the hole darn rear of the vehicule apart, it still won't loosen.
I'm also at lost

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I think you have to remove headrst bfore folding seat back down. You may have to unbolt seat from floor. 4 bolts.
Rear Seat Backrest —Split Bench Removal
NOTE: The 40% rear seat backrest must be removed before the 60% rear seat backrest.
40% rear seat backrest

  1. Remove the 40% rear seat backrest.
    1. Remove the nuts and bolts.
    1. Remove the backrest.
60% rear seat backrest
  1. Remove the 60% rear seat backrest.
    1. Remove the nut and bolt.
    1. Remove the backrest.
Installation
NOTE: The 60% rear seat backrest must be installed before the 40% rear seat backrest.
60% rear seat backrest
  1. NOTE: Do not tighten the nut and bolt at this time.
    Install the 60% rear seat backrest.
    1. Install the rear seat backrest.
    1. Install the nut and bolt.
40% rear seat backrest
  1. NOTE: Do not tighten the nuts and bolts at this time.
    Install the 40% rear seat backrest.
    1. Install the rear seat backrest.
    1. Install the nuts and bolts.
60/40% rear seat backrest
  1. Tighten the 60/40% rear seat backrest nuts and bolts in the sequence shown.
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40% Rear Seat Backrest
  1. Tighten the 40% rear seat backrest nuts and bolts in the sequence shown.

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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