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Old 06-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Seat Belt Bracket Spinning?

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Trying to replace my driver's side front seatbelt (male) and I can't get the anchor bolt out. It seems to spin on the back side that I can't get to. There is a little hole I can stick my finger through to feel the bracket spinning on the back side. I'm guessing the bracket was welded on to thread the anchor bolt through. I can use a screwdriver to pry on the housing to create enough tension get it out, but I'm worried I won't be able to thread the new anchor bolt on. I pried with the screwdriver and tightened it back up.

Any ideas other than cutting it open?

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Old 06-25-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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I didn't have that problem when I replaced mine. I was able to get the bolt out with no problems. I didn't see what the captive nut on the other side looked like. In any case, if it's spinning it's likely you aren't able to get enough torque on it to keep it safe anyway, so you probably have to take care of the problem somehow. I'd hate for it to work itself loose and fall out while you're driving.

Interestingly, I was under the vehicle installing a locking center console and although the bolts for the center console were drilled within only a few inches of the seatbelt bolts, I didn't see the seatbelt bolts protruding or any welded captive nut under there. I'll go look again.

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Oops, you're talking about the male, probably the lower, to the left of the drivers seat, not the female in the middle of the vehicle (which does have big square backing plates visible from underneath the vehicle).

Regarding your issue, I didn't see any obvious place from under the vehicle where that nut could be accessed, however, what about going in from the rear fender well? My 94 has a plastic fender well cover; I wonder what is underneath that?

Or, if you can get your finger in, could you slip one of those flat wrenches in there and hold the nut?

https://www.google.com/search?q=flat...w=1853&bih=919
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Oops, you're talking about the male, probably the lower, to the left of the drivers seat, not the female in the middle of the vehicle (which does have big square backing plates visible from underneath the vehicle). Regarding your issue, I didn't see any obvious place from under the vehicle where that nut could be accessed, however, what about going in from the rear fender well? My 94 has a plastic fender well cover; I wonder what is underneath that? Or, if you can get your finger in, could you slip one of those flat wrenches in there and hold the nut? https://www.google.com/search?q=flat...w=1853&bih=919
I thought the same thing and pulled the plastic cover for the rear fender well and did get a lot of mud out, but wasn't able to access the back of that anchor bolt. I was able to torque it down pretty good, I was just worried if it took it off I would never be able to get it back on.

Maybe I will try the flat wrench and see if one fits up there...thanks for the comment.
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All that it bolts to is an oblong plate with a captive nut. I didn't have to worry about tightening it since there was no floor to hold it in. After fixing the floor, I used a piece of 3/16 plate with a nut welded to it to mount the seatbelt.
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All that it bolts to is an oblong plate with a captive nut. I didn't have to worry about tightening it since there was no floor to hold it in. After fixing the floor, I used a piece of 3/16 plate with a nut welded to it to mount the seatbelt.
Me too. I was "lucky" enough to have so much rust, the retractors were rusted off. I made new body pieces and welded a plate with a welded nut on the inside. Welded it all up, now it is better than it came from the factory!

I said it before & I'll say it again & again.....what a junker! Anyone who dumps a ton of money into one of these "throw-a-ways" is crazy!

Oh yeah...to the OP. I think you have to do some cutting & welding. Just the way it is.

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