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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Seat Belt Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$200 to $400

Talent:

****

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver, 17mm socket, pliers

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Front seat belt

Hot Tip:

Review article on Side Panel Removal first

Performance Gain:

No more SRS fault code

Complementary Modification:

Replace door seals

The front seat belts on the Mk4 Jetta have an annoying tendency to trigger the safety restraint system (SRS) fault codes within the system. This is usually due to oxidation as well as coffee or other liquids spilling down into the side panels. The seat belt assemblies incorporate a small pyrotechnic charge that fires upon detection of a crash. This in turn quickly tightens the belt around you. Once the SRS fault code is triggered, the SRS deactivates these systems.

In this article, I'll show you how to change the belts yourself. Be sure to disconnect the battery and let the car sit for an hour to deactivate the SRS system. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information. You'll also need to review our article on Lower Inner and Side Panel Removal for more information.

Once the lower trim has been removed, locate the lower seat rail cover and pop out the protective plug (green arrow).
Figure 1

Once the lower trim has been removed, locate the lower seat rail cover and pop out the protective plug (green arrow). Loosen and remove the Phillips head screw underneath and pull off the cover.

Pull back the carpet and insulation to access the 17mm bolt (green arrow) securing the lower seat belt mounting plate to the chassis.
Figure 2

Pull back the carpet and insulation to access the 17mm bolt (green arrow) securing the lower seat belt mounting plate to the chassis. Remove the bolt and pull the plate up and out.

Press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it apart.
Figure 3

Press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it apart. Make sure the battery is disconnected first.

Use a pair of pliers to pop the mounting tab (green arrows) out of the metal plate attached to the doorframe.
Figure 4

Use a pair of pliers to pop the mounting tab (green arrows) out of the metal plate attached to the doorframe.

Loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws (green arrows) holding the guide rail to the chassis.
Figure 5

Loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws (green arrows) holding the guide rail to the chassis.

Now loosen and remove the 17mm bolt (green arrow) holding the seat belt retractor to the chassis.
Figure 6

Now loosen and remove the 17mm bolt (green arrow) holding the seat belt retractor to the chassis. Pull the assembly up and out of the chassis.

And here's the finished result with the seat belt assembly removed.
Figure 7

And here's the finished result with the seat belt assembly removed. The new assembly installs in the reverse order of removal.

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