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The seat belt assembly located in the roof on my 2013 began

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the seat belt assembly located in the roof on my 2013 began to rattle. i removed the black plastic part that was loose. in order to do that, i had to remove the grey plastic part that the seat belt goes through. these two parts snap together. the belt itself has a hook made of metal that does not seem to hook into anything that i can find. what is the proper order of reassembly for the over head seat belt tensioner and plastic parts assembly? this is a real head scratcher, and im just about out of patience with it. many thanx in advance.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

Hello my name is***** am an ASE Master Technician and I am glad to help you out with your question.

Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

Do you still need help with this?? I can send you the diagrams and procedures from the factory service manual.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
there was never any mention of additional costs just answer. now, in order to get answer, i have to pony up $5.00. this additional fee should have been told to me before i made the initial payment. i am not sending any additional money, as it is a matter of principal and fair business. if you chose to send what manual diagrams and suggested procedure at no additional cost, that will suit me fine. if not, i will continue my paypal claim to to have me initial expenditure refunded.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

seat belt

INSTALLATION [ Front Seat Belt ]

OUTER BELT ASSY

CAUTION:

  • The parts of the driver and passenger sides are not the same. Before installation, make sure that the correct part is used.
  • During installation, make sure that the seat belts are not twisted.
  • After installation, make sure that the seat belt can be pulled out and retracted smoothly.
  • Make sure that the seat belt harness is not caught anywhere. Wrong harness rooting may cause the harness short from pinch.
  • Do not reuse the upper clips of the center pillar trim UPR. Once the clip is removed, its holding force is reduced. Be sure to replace it with a new clip.
  1. Before installation, perform a unit inspection of retractor. < Refer to INSPECTION , Front Seat Belt. >
  2. Install the outer belt assembly.

    Tightening torque:

    Front seat belt: < Refer to ***** , COMPONENT, General Description. >

  3. Assemble the center pillar trim LWR to the center pillar trim UPR securely.

    CAUTION: Do not forget to install the seat belt.

    Fig 93: Assembling Center Pillar Trim LWR To Center Pillar Trim UPR

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  4. Assemble the center pillar trim LWR and center pillar trim UPR to the body.

    CAUTION: Do not reuse the upper clips of the center pillar trim UPR. Once the clip is removed, its holding force is reduced. Be sure to replace it with a new clip.

    1. Guide the seat belt through the center pillar trim UPR.
    2. Attach the clip by inserting the claw on the upper part of the pillar trim.
    3. Install the center pillar trim UPR by securing the clip on the lower part of the pillar trim.

      Fig 94: Installing Center Pillar Trim Upper

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  5. Install the remaining parts in the reverse order of removal.
  6. After installation, check the following points.
    • The seat belt is not twisted.
    • The seat belt can be pulled out and retracted smoothly.
    • The adjustable anchor can be moved smoothly.
    • Check that the airbag warning light lights up for approximately 6 seconds and then turns off when connecting the battery ground cable and turning the ignition switch to ON.

INNER BELT ASSY

CAUTION:

  • Before installation, make sure that the correct part is used.
  • During installation, make sure that the seat belts are not twisted.
  • Check that there is no pinching of the seat belt harness. Wrong harness rooting may cause the harness short from pinch.
  1. Install the inner belt assembly.

    Tightening torque:

    Front seat belt: < Refer to ***** , COMPONENT, General Description. >

  2. Locate the seat belt harness and retain it with a harness clip.

    Fig 95: Locating Seat Belt Harness And Inner Belt Assembly Bolt

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  3. Install the seat assembly to the body.CAUTION:
    • The seat mounting bolts differ between the front mounting points and the rear mounting points. Make sure that you are using correct bolts at correct positions.
    • Tighten the slide rail installing bolts in the order as shown in the figure, in several steps by gradually increasing the torque until they reach the specified torque.

      Fig 96: Slide Rail Installing Bolts Tightening Sequence

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    • Front (bolt A): Washer diameter 22 mm (0.87 in)
    • Rear (bolt B): Washer diameter 26 mm (1.02 in)

    Tightening torque:

    Front seat assembly: 53 N.m (5.40 kgf-m, 39.1 ft-lb)

  4. Check that no harness is caught by sliding the seat back and forth.

ADJUSTABLE ANCHOR ASSY

Referring to the installation procedure for outer belt ASSY, install the parts in the reverse order of removal.

Tightening torque:

Front seat belt: < Refer to ***** , COMPONENT, General Description. >

Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

The 5$ for the service diagram is for the premium service this allows me to email you the diagram which is looks better than putting it here. It also keeps your email confidential as whatever is posted here is public information.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
none of the above deals with the rear seat belt tensioner that is located in the roof behind the right side [passenger] rear fold down seat. i removed the plastic pieces that are clamped together in the roof liner, and reassembled, yet it still rattles.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
ps:***@******.*** no solicitations please.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

seat belt

OUTER BELT ASSEMBLY RH & LH (OUTBACK MODEL)

  1. Disconnect the ground cable from battery and wait for at least 60 seconds before starting work.

    CAUTION: The airbag system is fitted with a backup power supply. After disconnecting the battery ground cable, the airbag may operate if you do not wait for 60 seconds before starting the service of airbag system.

  2. Remove the rear seat cushion.
    1. Pull up the seat cushion and release the hook.

      CAUTION: If the hook is disconnected from the vehicle body, replace the hook with the new part to prevent the decline of the fixed force of the seat.

      Fig 25: Identifying Rear Seat Cushion

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      Fig 26: Pulling Up To Seat Cushion

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    2. Remove the hook (A) by pushing it back while lifting the front side of the seat cushion, and remove the seat cushion.

      Fig 27: Removing Seat Cushion

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  3. Release the clips and claws, and then remove the side sill cover - rear INN. (On the side where seat belt assembly is removed)

    CAUTION: Do not pull with excessive force. Doing so may damage the claws of the side sill cover INN.

    Fig 28: Identifying Rear Inner Side Sill Cover Mounting Claws

    Courtesy of SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.View Full-ScreenNOTE: To release the claws of the side sill cover INN, the following steps are recommended.
    1. Take out the weather strip from under the side sill cover INN.
    2. Turn over the floor mat and release the claw (C-C and D-D) by accessing from behind the side sill cover INN.
  4. Remove the headrest.
  5. Remove the backrest assembly RH.
    1. Remove the hinge bolts at the front of the backrest assembly RH.

      Fig 29: Locating Backrest Assembly RH Front Hinge Bolts

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    2. Tilt the backrest forward, and then turn over the backrest backside mat.

      Fig 30: Removing Backrest Backside Mat

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    3. Remove the clips, and remove the rear floor mat - front.

      Fig 31: Removing Rear Floor Mat (Front)

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    4. Remove the nuts at the rear of backrest hinge.

      Fig 32: Locating Backrest Hinge Rear Nuts

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    5. Disconnect the backrest cable and reclining cable.

      Fig 33: Identifying Backrest Cable And Reclining Cable

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      NOTE: The backrests cannot be detached while pin positions of the hinge assembly and backrests are not aligned.

    6. Remove the backrest assembly RH from the hinge assembly RH.

      Fig 34: Removing Backrest Assembly RH From Hinge Assembly RH

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      NOTE: The backrests cannot be detached while pin positions of the hinge assembly and backrests are not aligned.

    7. Take out the part outside the vehicle so that the body is not damaged by the hinges.
  6. Remove the bolts, and remove the backrest side pad assembly RH.

    Fig 35: Locating Backrest Side Pad Assembly RH Mounting Bolts

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  7. Remove the clips, and remove the luggage floor box and rear floor edge cover.

    Fig 36: Identifying Luggage Floor Box And Rear Floor Edge Cover Mounting Clips

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  8. Remove the rear quarter trim LWR. (On the side where seat belt assembly is removed)
    1. Remove the caps, screws, and bolts. (A), (C)
    2. Take out the hook and remove the screw inside. (B)
    3. Remove the clips, and remove the rear quarter trim LWR.

      Fig 37: Identifying Rear Quarter Trim LWR With Clips, Caps, Screws And Bolts

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  9. Remove the outer seat belt assembly.
    1. Remove the seat belt lower anchor bolt.
    2. Open the cap and remove the bolt to remove the seat belt anchor.
    3. Remove the bolts, and remove the seat belt retractor assembly.

      Fig 38: Locating Seat Belt Retractor Bolts

      Courtesy of SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
well, ya tried dan,, but none of the above addresses the rattle in the retractor located in the roof liner behind the rear seats.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

There is a tsb for a rattle from the b pillar trim, I cannot remember off the top of my head if it applies to your vehicle. I will look and see if I can find it.

Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

The tsb I was thinking of only applies to the sedan not the outback.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
thanx, partner, if ya come up with anything, let me know, as this one is a real head scratcher.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

Does It have a roof rack? the crossbars?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
good question, dan. yes it does, and brother i went there first to check for anything that minght be loose. negative on that, unless there is something i missed.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

You may be still under warrany how many miles are on it?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
58500 miles
Expert:  Dan replied 8 months ago.

Yeah this is probably not going to be covered.