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01-30-2016 12:57 PM
Focus John
Seat belt removal?

So, this may be a little off the topic, abut does anyone know how to repair or remove the rear seat-belt mechanism (the one INSIDE the wider seat section)?
When I bought the Roush, the seat-belt was really tight against the seat fabric, and I tried to pull it out, but it was locked. I finally folded the seat forward and removed the whole (wider) side of the seat-back. However, I would like to get the seat-belt mechanism out and repair or replace it, because I still have children who need to ride back there...
I think what caused the problem is that the plastic ring around the opening broke and allowed the 'nub' (stop?) that is in the belt to go inside the retractor. Unfortunately, I don't know how to release the retractor, OR get it out of the seat (without damaging the upholstery).
Anyone had this before?
12-27-2015 10:22 AM
Originally Posted by pasta View Post
Yes the rear driver side bolt is always an issue. IT either breaks or hard time getting out.
Interesting, I didn't really encounter any problems when I did it, but I was definitely concentrating on keeping the bit square and seated. Also used a 1/2" extendable ratchet from HF to do it and that allows for pretty smooth application of torque.

I don't miss the rear seats at all, I never really want to have more than one passenger anyway, and if it comes to it somebody can easily sit back there on the floor anyway.
12-27-2015 12:39 AM
pasta Yes the rear driver side bolt is always an issue. IT either breaks or hard time getting out.
11-02-2015 06:41 PM
Dung1sm Thanks for the detailed instructions, fantastic write up, just did mine in 15 min. Everything went well. Rep earned!
03-15-2015 12:07 PM
WingsVK97 Its nice to see how it comes apart before I do this. My daughter spilled milk in the back and now I need to clean it out.
12-18-2014 03:50 PM
A1_Fares I busted my T-40 on the two front bolts!! WD-40 did not help either..
07-20-2014 07:35 PM
DerbyCityGinger I've attempted to take rear seats out of 2 different hatchbacks and have broken several Craftsman Torx sockets trying to remove the seat belts. The seats themselves come out simple enough but I break the bits without a single turn every time I move on to the seatbelts. How do you unbolt them?
03-14-2014 10:56 AM
Barbie5 Thank you for your post. I have a 2001 Focus Wagon. The rear seat was stuck in the sitting position to accommodate human passengers, and when I tried to lift the seat (bench) it would not budge. I hunted for hours trying to find pictures or diagrams before I started taking things apart with no luck. I decided that if all else failed I would buy a star bit and just hope I could loosen the bolts holding the hinges to the body.

Gratefully my son was able to push the bench backward and freed the seat bottom where it was caught on some hook-looking things. So now the seat is up so I can fold the seat backs down and put my homemade cardboard liners over the carpeted cargo space to protect the carpet from being damaged.

Thanks to your photos and explanations I know what size of torx bits to buy, and I know I was on the right track. If I can figure out how to post some photos of the underside of the bench and the spot where the bench rests on the body, I will do that.

I bought this 2001 Focus Wagon brand new in May of 2001. Ford quit making the Focus Wagon, so I won't be able to replace it now. It's not that easy to find a car small enough that I can drive and big enough to carry stuff.
01-17-2014 01:25 AM
great descripition

good post ive got to exactly that to have the rear inner arches welded pers to be a common fault with focus so thanks very much
07-31-2013 04:03 PM
srsairbags just curious . . how much do the seats weigh ;)
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