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The dealer said it was a 2 hour job, Took me about 8 as I have never taken this area apart before. I really liked to get to know this section of the Commander. Hardest part was knowing were all the screws and clips were. Also a challenge to the tricks to get plugs apart. The belt assembly is squeezed between the emergency brake and the driver’s seat. I was thinking possibly just remove the driver’s seat and not the center console – still might be done but probably need to un-plug all the wires to the seat also.

Cost of part from the Stealer was about $220 If installed by Stealer would have been $250 more.

Here is the overview – First and most important Remove the negative battery wire, think a circuit for air bags involved in this part replacement.

Remove the center console to have room to remove the screws to the covers over the assembly,

Also remove the 4 bolts holding the driver’s seat in so it can be tipped back to access the screws on the covers and the belt assembly nut.

Center console removal
Trim around shifter – chrome and then wood look are just held with clips (built in trim) gently pry up to remove, chrome one first.
Bolt under rubber cup holder that just pulls out, remove bolt
Pull of rear cover of console, it is just clips – heavy duty – I used a pull type paint scraper with the curved end. Slid under the bottom of the back cover and pulled hard to the rear. Remove black foam. That will expose the inside of the back of the console – two screws on the bottom of the metal frame to be removed. Put shifter in rear most position. The console will remove by pulling to the rear and lifting up,

Driver seat removal. 4 Bolts at 4 corners, the big ones bolted to the floor. To remove it totally would need to unplug all the wires. I just left the wires on and tipped the seat to the back which gave access to the assembly and covers. Used some blocks to hold the seat tipped

On the tricky plugs involved
The round shaped one on the belt assembly toward the rear – it has a plastic flap folded over like a water bottle lid. It folds from front to back – undo from back side.
The smaller one to the front has a tab to push down with a pencil or similar pointed stick and then pull the 2 halves apart.

By the way has anyone replaced the upper half of the seatbelt??

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I learned quickly how to turn off the seat belt dinger when the seat belt lower assembly went bad and it was dinging all the time. Attached is how to turn it on or off. It still dings once whenever the belt goes to connected or disconnected, just doesn't ding constantly. Also I had to do the sequence several times before I got the final ding saying it did it.
 

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Now I had to replace the passenger side. Was a lot quicker. Had to remove all 4 seat bolts but still not enough room to get to the covers off by the seat belt assembly. Pulled the center console again.
While into the replacement again took some pictures of the 2 plugs that need removed as that was the trickiest part.
 

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Thanks for this post. Replaced both sides yesterday. I took my seats completely out. Laying in some WD 40 ahead of time was a great call. Bolts came out like butter. Allowed for easy access to those side covers.


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