Q: Seat Belt Adjustment
The buckle won’t let the belt slide at all-and I lubed that sucker up pretty good and yanked about as hard as I could. I thought maybe there was a catch to it but I bet its just froze in place from years in the same position.
A: The plastic buckle just snaps into place. Take a small screwdriver and gently pry it off from the sides. You can then feed the belt upward through by the metal bar and create a big loop. This will make the belt much easier to clean. One trick I used is to loosen all the belts and put into the dishwasher. This usually loosens all the old dirt. I still had to scrub my belts with a brush to get them really clean. When your finished, let them dry in the sun. They will then be nice and soft. If you want, you can paint the plastic buckles before you reassemble everything. They’ll look new.
A: That plastic piece does pop off with a small screwdriver, but pry the rear portion of the buckle off first, not the part where the male part of the belt connects. I made that mistake and snapped off one of the tabs that holds the plastic cover on. Learn from the school of hard knocks. Once you get that off, you will see how the belts works. The rounded long knurled (spelling?) bar should have tab ends on it that slide back and forth in the slots on either side that you see. If it does not, that is your problem, try to free them up with the detergent soaking or household oil etc. I feel you pain, I just got done doing this myself. I was able to gently pry these knurled bars out and blast off the rust that mine had on them (old owner had them sitting in a moist basement). Clean the belt, put together and it looks new! Plus hopefully they still have the white tags sewed on them near the anchor point.
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