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Stupid B-Pillar Trim!

Okay, I've groaned about issues with my B-pillar trim before, but now I think it's messing up my seatbelts, so it's gone beyond annoying to bloody inconvenient.

Recap: Some time back, the dealership had to remove all interior trim from the B-pillars back to replace my rear parcel shelf. They put it all back, but the seatbelts haven't ever been the same. Neither height adjuster will budge up or down, and the driver's belt feels like it grinds as you pull it out.

But now the passenger-side belt won't retract! Grrr. I had a passenger get out of the car last night, and the belt didn't retract. I pulled it all the way out, at which point it gave this half-hearted effort to retract. I ended up having to feed the dumb belt back into the slot v-e-r-y slowly, and it finally went back in.

Rather than taking the car back to the dealership again (they've removed this trim twice now for various things), I think I'm gonna pop those little plastic rivets and see what's going on in there. Anyone have any experience fiddling with this B-pillar trim?
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Okay, I've groaned about issues with my B-pillar trim before, but now I think it's messing up my seatbelts, so it's gone beyond annoying to bloody inconvenient.

Recap: Some time back, the dealership had to remove all interior trim from the B-pillars back to replace my rear parcel shelf. They put it all back, but the seatbelts haven't ever been the same. Neither height adjuster will budge up or down, and the driver's belt feels like it grinds as you pull it out.

But now the passenger-side belt won't retract! Grrr. I had a passenger get out of the car last night, and the belt didn't retract. I pulled it all the way out, at which point it gave this half-hearted effort to retract. I ended up having to feed the dumb belt back into the slot v-e-r-y slowly, and it finally went back in.

Rather than taking the car back to the dealership again (they've removed this trim twice now for various things), I think I'm gonna pop those little plastic rivets and see what's going on in there. Anyone have any experience fiddling with this B-pillar trim?
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Paint Guy--

Yeah, the dealer's gonna hear about it. But seriously--it's Easter weekend, and I'm sick of spending my time there.

Sigh.
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My curiosity got the better of me and I tried removing the B-pillar trim day before yesterday. I popped off the little black cap near the top, backed out the screw underneath and then . . . nothing. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to get that piece of trim off. It seemed to be connected somehow to the piece aft of it, but I ran out of courage before I sorted out the puzzle.

I guess I'll just report my troubles to the dealer and let them worry about it. Both seatbelts do seem to have issues retracting, and some bozo cracked the plastic surrounding the screwhole on the driver's side trim. It can be the dealer's headache.
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i almost hate to ask but - What Dealer ? (Coury or Henry Brown) I suggest taking it to a different dealer because when you keep going back to the same one with the same problem it usually goes back to the same technician who couldnt fix it right the first time.
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i almost hate to ask but - What Dealer ? (Coury or Henry Brown)
Henry Brown. I've actually liked them for the most part. My service writer knows I'm nuts about my car, and instructs everyone to be careful. He even knows my wife's tounge-in-cheek mantra: "Please fix my husband's car, but don't touch it." Don't know whether I want to change horses midstream or not.
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