Ford Focus C Max rear seat belt stuck

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Old 02-23-09, 04:08 AM
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Ford Focus C Max rear seat belt stuck

The nearside rear seatbelt on my 2004 C-Max is jammed. I can only pull a couple of inches out before the inertia mechanism jams.
I've tried looking for a release catch, but there's only limited access (through a window in the side storage).
I haven't been able to get the panel out (I only found one screw in the whole massive panel).

Does anyone have any ideas how I can fix this?
 
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Old 02-23-09, 12:24 PM
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Could it possibly be a recall problem? I heard that when the Focus first came out there were something like 10 recalls on it. The reason I am asking this is becuase I have recieved recall notices from Chrysler in the past about the seatbelts on a Dodge Ram 50 I once owned.
 
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Old 02-24-09, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by DuncanDis View Post
The nearside rear seatbelt on my 2004 C-Max is jammed. I can only pull a couple of inches out before the inertia mechanism jams.
I've tried looking for a release catch, but there's only limited access (through a window in the side storage).
I haven't been able to get the panel out (I only found one screw in the whole massive panel).

Does anyone have any ideas how I can fix this?

I'm curious what a Ford Focus C-Max is. I've never heard of a Focus model with that nomenclature.
 
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Old 02-25-09, 04:36 PM
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I'm curious what a Ford Focus C-Max is. I've never heard of a Focus model with that nomenclature.
i believe it's the euro version.
ford europe never imports the great cars to us main land people.

there are some beuatiful euro ford there. i know they have a fiesta that hits 65 mpg diesel but will never cross the water
to us because americans hate diesel cars.
 
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Old 02-26-09, 09:54 AM
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That is funny about Americans not liking diesels. I have seen quite a few TDI Jettas on the road in the past few months.
 
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Old 02-26-09, 12:17 PM
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That is funny about Americans not liking diesels. I have seen quite a few TDI Jettas on the road in the past few months.
so with 50% of diesel vehicles in europe we have what one percent while we try to shrug off the stigma of dirty smelly
diesel vehicles. just because you see two diesel cars
doesn't mean america is excepting diesel cars.
besides for diesel to take off in america we will have to cut the cost way down, with diesel double what gas is, trying to make up
the savings is too tough in america right now.
 
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Old 02-26-09, 12:32 PM
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My folks have had two diesel Mercedes, but went back to a gasoline vehicle in 2006. They were disappointed the diesels never came close to the advertised fuel mileage, although you can make that case for many cars, gas or diesel. Yeah with the cost of diesel fuel hanging in there higher than gasoline for many months, the economy just isn't there. An added disadvantage is the starting problems in winter weather. I know my parents kept their Mercedes block heaters running constantly in cold weather, which raised their electric bills.

The one big advantage of diesels, at least the Mercedes variety, is that they last practically forever if taken care of. However, this was lost on my parents, who characteristically trade in a car when it gets up to 50,000 miles.

The GM 350 V-8 diesel fiasco of the early '80's certainly isn't helping the public's perception of diesel transportation. Maybe a new generation of turbocharged, clean burning, easy starting diesels will change the American public's perception.
 
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Old 02-26-09, 01:12 PM
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My folks have had two diesel Mercedes, but went back to a gasoline vehicle in 2006. They were disappointed the diesels never came close to the advertised fuel mileage, although you can make that case for many cars, gas or diesel. Yeah with the cost of diesel fuel hanging in there higher than gasoline for many months, the economy just isn't there. An added disadvantage is the starting problems in winter weather. I know my parents kept their Mercedes block heaters running constantly in cold weather, which raised their electric bills.

The one big advantage of diesels, at least the Mercedes variety, is that they last practically forever if taken care of. However, this was lost on my parents, who characteristically trade in a car when it gets up to 50,000 miles.

The GM 350 V-8 diesel fiasco of the early '80's certainly isn't helping the public's perception of diesel transportation. Maybe a new generation of turbocharged, clean burning, easy starting diesels will change the American public's perception.
damn those glow plugs.
we had a john deere 855 tractor and it sucked in the winter
when the diesel or was it number 2 heating fuel we used.
got gelled.
 
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