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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Seatbelts

Mike Holloway

Tools:

17mm wrench, 17mm socket, Philips head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1975-86)

Parts Required:

Seatbelt mechanism

Hot Tip:

Take the top off

Performance Gain:

Functioning seatbelt

Complementary Modification:

Replace the sun visors

Over time your seat belt retraction mechanism can fail. It is important to keep this device in proper working order. It will save your life in the event of an accident. Replacing the seatbelt will require removing the roof and taking off the side panels.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses and work gloves. If you have to jack up your car, make sure to use jack stands and chock your wheels as well as applying the parking brake. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. Always disconnect the battery before working on your car.

In order to get at the seatbelt retraction mechanism, you will need to remove the rear seat side panel.
Figure 1

In order to get at the seatbelt retraction mechanism, you will need to remove the rear seat side panel.

Using a small Phillips head screwdriver, remove the panel covering the roof lockdown mechanism.
Figure 2

Using a small Phillips head screwdriver, remove the panel covering the roof lockdown mechanism.

Using a small Phillips head screwdriver, remove the side panel.
Figure 3

Using a small Phillips head screwdriver, remove the side panel. Be careful not to loose the screws. They are small and can easily get lost. 

The panel covering the roof lockdown will have screws inside as well.
Figure 4

The panel covering the roof lockdown will have screws inside as well.

Using a 10mm socket and an extension, remove the bolts holding the plate to the frame.
Figure 5

Using a 10mm socket and an extension, remove the bolts holding the plate to the frame.

The plate can now be removed.
Figure 6

The plate can now be removed.

With the side panel removed, the seatbelt guide is exposed.
Figure 7

With the side panel removed, the seatbelt guide is exposed. You will notice a plastic cover over the bolt. This is removed with a flathead screwdriver.

Using a 17mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt holding the seatbelt guide.
Figure 8

Using a 17mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt holding the seatbelt guide.

The side panel can now be removed.
Figure 9

The side panel can now be removed.

The seatbelt retraction mechanism is now accessible.
Figure 10

The seatbelt retraction mechanism is now accessible.

The bolt holding the mechanism can be reached with the belt completely retracted.
Figure 11

The bolt holding the mechanism can be reached with the belt completely retracted.

Using a 17mm wrench, loosen and remove the bolt that holds the mechanism in place.
Figure 12

Using a 17mm wrench, loosen and remove the bolt that holds the mechanism in place. 
 
Installation is the reversal of removal. 


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