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      05-13-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Seat Belt Buckle Sticking

Hey guys, looking for a little help. I tried searching but I'm not finding the same issue. The drivers seat belt buckle is sticking in the "release" or down position in my fiancés 2007 328i. I figured something was spilled and causing it to stick but I don't think that's the issue after all. I tried spraying a little PB Blaster into the buckle to see if that would help but no dice. The only way to get the red release button to pop up is to pry on it with a flathead screwdriver. I don't want to have her drive the car if it's unsafe. Has anyone had a similar issue? Should I replace it with one from a junkyard/new unit or is there a way to fix it? Any help would be appreciated. TIA
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PB is not the correct thing to use.
Use some WD40 or something else that would disolve gunk.
Otherwise the spring might be broken.
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PB is not the correct thing to use.
Use some WD40 or something else that would disolve gunk.
Otherwise the spring might be broken.
I will try the WD40.
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I would call the dealer . . this might be warranty even though it is out of warranty . .Honda for one would fix this no charge for life of vehicle because it was a seatbelt. Worth a call to BMW to find out.
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I would call the dealer . . this might be warranty even though it is out of warranty . .Honda for one would fix this no charge for life of vehicle because it was a seatbelt. Worth a call to BMW to find out.
I called the dealer and unfortunately the seatbelt is not covered under any kind of warranty. Not surprised. Thanks for the reply.
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Tried WD40 and used the flathead to move the button up and down, no effect. Also called BMWNA and was told there is nothing they can do because it is a normal wear and tear item... Anyone know the best place to find a new receptacle?
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I used to have an 06 e90. It once had a weird issue with the driver side seat belt receptacle as well. The buckle wouldn't engage. It would click, but then you could pull the buckle out again without pressing the release button. Also the release button would sometimes stick in the pressed position.

When looking down inside the receptacle and comparing it to the inside of the one on the passenger side, I noticed a little black plastic tab thing that appeared to have shifted out of place. I fiddled around with it using a flat tipped screwdriver. It couldn't be moved, so the only thing left to do was extricate it - so I did. After I did that it worked fine every day after that.

There was nothing to lose by doing that because it had to be fixed and I would have had to buy a new part had that not worked.

Hope this helps.
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I used to have an 06 e90. It once had a weird issue with the driver side seat belt receptacle as well. The buckle wouldn't engage. It would click, but then you could pull the buckle out again without pressing the release button. Also the release button would sometimes stick in the pressed position.

When looking down inside the receptacle and comparing it to the inside of the one on the passenger side, I noticed a little black plastic tab thing that appeared to have shifted out of place. I fiddled around with it using a flat tipped screwdriver. It couldn't be moved, so the only thing left to do was extricate it - so I did. After I did that it worked fine every day after that.

There was nothing to lose by doing that because it had to be fixed and I would have had to buy a new part had that not worked.
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Great info, I'll take a look at it tomorrow and see if I can spot anything. Thanks
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Reviving an old thread same thing just happened to my 07 e90, were you able to find a fix for it or did you have the replace the whole thing?
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Reviving an old thread same thing just happened to my 07 e90, were you able to find a fix for it or did you have the replace the whole thing?
Try Silicon or graphite spray lubricant and cycle the mechanism. If that doesn't work buy a new/used one.
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Try Silicon or graphite spray lubricant and cycle the mechanism. If that doesn't work buy a new/used one.
Cool i’ll give that a try thanks brother
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