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Hey guys, glad to be on the board. Just have a quick question that, hopefully, you experts will be willing to help me on. :D

I've got a 1991 2-Door Escort Pony... the bare bones, essentially. My automatic seatbelt on the driver's side stopped working when I was broadsided and the door and b-post was crunched in. Ouch. I was able to replace the spool and motor, for those were the only parts of the system that I could see truly damaged, but the belt will not work: It is stuck in the down position (Where it would normally be when you are driving the car,) and 'clunks' every few moments: This is the motor running into some type of resistance that I cannot discern. It heats up pretty badly, too...

I can buy a new track with no problem (There's a spare-parts junkyard with a 'fresh' Escort with only a cracked block in it!) but I want to avoid tackling something as tricky as a safety belt if any of you guys could give me advice otherwise.

I know it's not a lot to go on, but I'd appreciate any help! You can mail me at [email protected].

Thanks again, guys and gals. Peace.
 

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Sent you guys an email, let me know if you need any more help.

Oh, and everyone else, I would recommend greasing your seatbelt track once in a while to prevent this problem, as it seems to be quite common.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome and the tips! It looks like I'm back at U-Wrench-It tomorrow... :?

My Escort has been little more than a beater for the three years I've owned it: bought it in 'restored' condition for $1000 and was the best thing I've ever bought. I've been taking fine care of the engine and body...but getting hit and run'd, though, eliminated the disposable income I had saved up to start fiddling around with the thing for some more performance. :x That's okay, though, Promotion=Fun times!

Thanks y'all!
 

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I just fixed mine last night. I had the exact same symptoms you have. The service manual indicated that the first thing to check was the switch in the door latch, which was the problem. There is a micro switch in the door latch that is gummed up. You can replace it, or repair it if you are good with electrical stuff. First you have to remove your door panel, then remove the latch (not fun as it has 4 linkages attached to it). Then bring the latch inside and remove the switch. if you have a small set of screwdrivers you should be able to open the switch and clean it out. Use a pencil eraser on the circuit board and the switch contacts and put a very small amount of grease on the plastic pin. The top of the switch was covered with some semi-pliable goop, which I replaced with rubber cement. You'll need 4 new cable ties.

The problem with getting a new switch from a junk yard is that the drivers and passengers sides switches are not interchangable, and most of the drivers side door ones are probably also bad, so replacing with new or cleaning out your old one is the best option.

If you think you might not be able to clean out the switch and a new one is too expensive email me, I have a spare and might exchange it for yours.
 

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heh...steve thats funny. My junkyard is the exact name..lol at first i read it and said no way, ur the one takin all my parts...then figured out where ur from... i guess they have more than one building. I love U-Wrench-It...hope urs has as much as we got here.
 
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