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These NASTY tar-like black patches inside the seatbelt retractor slots??


fixizin

FoMoCo is forcing me to buy a 'yota
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WTHey they be for?... sound-damping to prevent the rapidly retracting belt from slapping the sheet metal of the B-pillar?... err whut? :dunno:

After 22 years of Vegas heat, Phoenix heat, and So-Fla heat, the one on the driver's side let go, and the adhesive on the backside stained the shyt out of the belt fabric. (Cleaning tips appreciated.)

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As you can see they're 4" wide and 4.5" tall, a semi-shiny black tape that's smooth on one side and gooey-sticky road-tar on the other. I definitely want to pre-emptively remove the pax-side patch... hopefully not crazy involved... too many other things to get after.
 


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fixizin

FoMoCo is forcing me to buy a 'yota
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Location
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Vehicle Year
99
Make / Model
XL Spurt
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Engine Size
3.0 (Flex)
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
My credo
A properly suspensioned Ranger can be safely airborne for up to 4 seconds at a time! =:O
Turns out it's covering an almost 1" diameter HOLE that's probably inherent to the metal-stamping and/or robotic assembly process...

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Here's the EXTended cab seatbelt, Driver Side, minding its own biz... note the notch for the Mazda cargo cover--a window-shade type device never to be found, anywhere, at any price! :(

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Here's a close-up of the cavity, including hole formerly covered by tar-patch...

>>>WELCOME any ideas of what to PLUG IT WITH, thanks in advance.
 


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