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TSB 23-18-99

Bezel came loose from seat belt retractor cover

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Date: May 21, 1999

Models: 98-99 BR/BE Ram    THIS APPLIES TO QUAD CAB MODELS ONLY!

Overview:

This bulletin involves installing a new seat belt retractor cover.

Symptoms:

The seat belt retractor cover bezel comes loose due to a cracked seat belt retractor cover. The crack may occur at the bottom of the opening where the seat belt bezel snaps into the cover. 

Diagnosis:

Inspect the seat belt retractor cover for cracks or other damage. If the seat belt cover is cracked or damage, perform the Repair Procedure

Parts:

AR (1) 05015932AA Cover, Seat Belt Retractor, Right Side
AR (1) 05015933AA Cover, Seat Belt Retractor, Left Side  

Repair:
 
THIS REPAIR IS COMPATIBLE WITH DAIMLERCHRYSLER'S MOBILE SERVICE PROGRAM AND DOES NOT REQUIRE HOISTS OR OTHER FULL SERVICE-FACILITY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT.

  1. Remove seat back recliner handle.
  2. Remove dump handle, if equipped.
  3. Remove side shield.
  4. Remove the nut attaching the seat belt anchor to the seat track adjuster.
  5. Remove the assist handle on the backside of the seat, if equipped.
  6. Disengage the J-strap at the bass of the seat back (Figure 1).
  7. If not already off, carefully pry the seat belt guide bezel from the seat back using a trim stick.
  8. Roll seat back cover upward to the mid seat hog rings.
  9. Disengage the hog rings attaching the cover to the seat back frame (Figure 2).
  10. Roll the seat back cover upward and separate from the seat back.
  11. Route the shoulder belt and guide through the seat back cover.
  12. Feed the seat belt through the seat belt retractor cover bezel and seat back cover.
  13. Remove the two screws securing the front seat belt retractor cover to the retractor and remove the cover.
  14. Install the new seat belt retractor cover (see Parts Required section) onto the retractor. Secure the cover with the two screws.
  15. Hold the seat back foam cushion in place with masking tape applied to the foam and seat belt retractor cover.
  16. . Feed the seat belt through the seat back cover and the seat belt retractor cover bezel.
  17. Position the seat back cover onto the seat back and roll the cover downward.
  18. Route the shoulder belt and guide bezel through the seat back cover.
  19. Engage the hog rings attaching the seat back cover to the seat back frame.
  20. Align the shoulder belt guide bezel through the holes in the seat back cover and press into place.
  21. Continue rolling the cover downward and then engage the J-strap at the base of the seat back.
  22. Install the assist handle on the backside of the seat, if equipped.
  23. Install the bolt attaching the seat belt anchor to the seat track adjuster. Tighten the bolt to 45 Nm (33 ft. lbs.).
  24. Install the side shield.
  25. Install the dump handle, if equipped.
  26. Install the recliner handle.

Notes:

POLICY. Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.

TIME ALLOWANCE.
Labor Operation No:
          23-13-02-92 Replace Seat Belt Retractor Cover - One - Right Or Left Side 0.8 Hrs.

FAILURE CODE: P8 - New Part

From Bob Bergevin - BEWARE, DC allows 0.8 hours to change one side, it must be a time consuming activity. Perhaps you should see your dealer...


Thanks to Bob Bergevin for supplying this TSB information

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