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Front Seat Belt Buckle Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Seat Belt Buckle Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

T50 Torx, 14mm

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Seat belt buckle

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery before disconnecting seat connectors

Performance Gain:

Remedy fault code

Complementary Modification:

Replace opposite side buckle

Front seat belt buckles in V70 models are equipped with a switch monitored by the airbag module. This switch can fail over time, setting a fault code SRS-00F1 Front left seat belt buckle or SRS-00F2 Front left seat belt buckle.

The seat belt buckle can fail over time and will set a fault code in the airbag (SRS) control module. If a fault code is set, the airbag warning light will illuminate. To replace this part you have to remove the front seat to access the fastener and wiring harness. If your airbag light is ON, you will need a code reader or scan tool to determine what fault code is stored. If you find you have a buckle fault code, this is a good place to start. You will also need to clear the fault code once the part is replaced. Simply replacing the part will not turn off the airbag warning light.

If you suspect the buckle is faulty, use this tech article to locate the wiring. Then use a fused jumper wire to jump out the switch, clear the fault and see if it resets. If the code does not come back, replace the buckle.

Interior trim pieces in Volvo V70 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The left side seat belt buckle is covered in this tech article. The right side is similar.

First, you have to remove the seat that requires the new belt buckle (red arrow).
Figure 1

First, you have to remove the seat that requires the new belt buckle (red arrow). See our tech article on Removing Seats. Place the seat on the ground or workbench.

Then tilt the seat back to access the electrical connectors under the front cushion.
Figure 2

Then tilt the seat back to access the electrical connectors under the front cushion. Use a trim panel tool to lever the connector straight out (red arrow).

Next, cut the wire tie at the right front seat rail (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, cut the wire tie at the right front seat rail (red arrow). Follow the buckle wiring to locate the wire tie.

Working at the side of the right seat rail, pull the wiring harness out of the mounting clips (red arrows).
Figure 4

Working at the side of the right seat rail, pull the wiring harness out of the mounting clips (red arrows).

Use a T50 Torx bit and remove the belt buckle fastener (red arrow).
Figure 5

Use a T50 Torx bit and remove the belt buckle fastener (red arrow). Then remove the buckle from the seat.

This photo shows the belt buckle removed.
Figure 6

This photo shows the belt buckle removed. To install, be sure to get the harness in the same location as it was before. This is a good chance to clean the side of your seat. There may be stains or a bunch of debris on the rail like our subject vehicle. Install the new seat belt buckle and tighten the fastener. Install the seat and seat belt fasteners and tighten. Reconnect the battery. Then check the vehicle for fault codes and clear the codes if necessary.





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