When this happened to me, the Vauxhall garage said they *just* managed to
get at the fixing bolt without having to remove the seat. I'd driven around
for a few days with the driver's belt locked into the passenger side (and
the back seat driver really in the back), til the part arrived.
Just when I make ends meet, someone moves one end.
Probably, and if there are any wires with either yellow or orange coloured
connectors suspect pre tensioning seat belts and DON'T touch - get advise
from people who know the H&S risks of working on these explosive devices.
Have your finger in the wrong place if it triggers and you might just say
good bye to that finger....
I haven't got the Haynes manual for the Cavalier but have for the Corsa
which I presume is similar and have had a look at it.
Yes, there are cables running under the seat from the socket (broken part)
and I hadn't considered that I may trigger the pretensioner.
The car will be replaced shortly so I don't feel justified in spending large
(garage) sums on it. However, I don't wish to lose fingers to save a couple
Thanks for your replies and if there is an easy and safe way of doing this I
am interested - Even if I have to buy a Haynes manual!!
If it helps at all, according to the Haynes manual,
The tensioner system consists of a powerful spring, contained in a
cylinder, which is released in the event of severe impact. The spring
pulls back the seat belt by means of a bowden cable and fulcrum mechanism
attached to the belt stalk, mounted on the seat frame....and...
Due to the specialist safety related nature of the seat belt tensioner
system, replacement must be entrusted to a suitably equipped Vauxhall
There does not seem to be a separate seat belt stalk, at least not in the
illustrations, and there is no mention of removing it. Before you take out
the seat there is a safety fork to fit in the spring assembly to prevent it
I doubt if you could set off the tensioner by fiddling with the stalk end
of the assembly, but then it ain't my fingers in the way!!
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