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Old 08-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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How do I remove rear seatbelt cover

I have 2002 E46 wagon. The rear passenger side seatbelt has jammed and will not come out. So far the following efforts have failed: tried to ease it out real slow; unbolted bottom of seatbelt to allow more belt to return in the retractor, put front of car up on ramps hoping the lock would release after pounding it a little.

Next step: can someone tell me how to remove the plastic seatbelt cover in the picture below without breaking it?



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Old 08-17-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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hmm good luck. After taking out my rear deck and removing the seatbelts last weekend I have a new found respect for the things. I am guessing the plastic part is just a cover, did you look on real OEM or the TIS?
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
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There's no doubt it is just a cover as there is a slot under the belt so that it can be removed - just want to do it without breaking it. I'm new to this forum - what is "real OEM or the TIS?". Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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There's no doubt it is just a cover as there is a slot under the belt so that it can be removed - just want to do it without breaking it. I'm new to this forum - what is "real OEM or the TIS?". Thanks.
Could you just find one in a scrap yard and replace?

I know it's a rough option but it may be the easiest depending how difficult it might be to remove that shield.


just food for thought.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:19 PM   #5
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here you go ...

TIS = BMW TIS Online Repair Manuals ... http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/

removal of seatbelt cover ...

http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/s/view.pl?1/05/45/65

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Old 08-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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Speaking as one who has broken two out of the three I'd had to remove (two for shocks & one another time for navigation retrofit) I wish you good luck.

Some have better luck than I though, maybe you will too.

I don't really have any good suggestions on it though other than to work slowly and patiently. If nothing else, I think they only cost around $15 each, so could be worse if you do end up breaking them.
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