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Ford F100 Pickup how to access and repair seat belt retractor

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how to access and repair seat belt retractor on ford f150 2002
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Brad replied 6 years ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.com!

Which seat belt retractor are you trying to access?

I can tell you that the retractors are not serviceable so the only way to fix it is to replace it.

I did find a TSB for retractors that are slow to retract that may help as well. CLICK HERE
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
driver side seat
Expert:  Brad replied 6 years ago.
Is there airbags in the seat itself?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
no
Expert:  Brad replied 6 years ago.
Well you can CLICK HERE for the service instructions.

Aside from all of the Air Bag warnings.. it's really just a matter of reming the trim panels that are in the way, and then unbolting the unit... the trick is that you need a large Torx Bit for the bolt.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
still need to know how to access retractor unit. Does back of seat snap out? I don't want to pull on it if thats not the way to get at the retractor
Expert:  Brad replied 6 years ago.
I found THESE INSTRUCTIONS for the Super cab. It looks like the back panel is just held in with plastic pins.
Brad and other Ford Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
my truck is not a super cab. I tried to snap out plastic back of seat and it wouldn't give. I'm afraid if I use a tool it will break. Are you sure it snaps out?