Belt Buckle Reversed and Stuck

ford
ranger
belts

#1

I have a 97 Ford Ranger and the belt buckle got inserted into the latch in reverse. Now, I can’t get it out. I can depress the release button, but it won’t come out. I’ve tried rocking the buckle, but that doesn’t help. I’ve tried inserting a flat piece of metal into the latch to release it, but I can’t get it in there far enough.

What I’m looking for is an easy “trick” to get this thing to release.

The buckle and latch look like this: http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/495841023/Brand-New-1990-1997-font-b-FORD-b-font-font-b-RANGER-b-font-SEAT-BELT.jpg


#2

Putty knife maybe? Piece of sheet metal? Never had that problem. Hope something works.


#3

Upon looking at the buckle more, it looks like the fact that its reversed has nothing to do with it. Looking in the other buckles, I can see some random debris in there, which makes me think that something is jamming the buckle.


#4

I wonder if spraying some silicon lubricant into the belt buckle might free things up. A couple of weeks ago, I was using my leaf blower. I turned it off and then the switch wouldn’t budge so I couldn’t turn it back on. I was up on my first story roof trying to blow out the eaves troughs on the second story–I had tubes attached to the blower. I was desperate to get the job finished and decided it was time for a new blower anyway. I went over to the nearest big box store, but they didn’t have a leaf blower that would accept my extension tubes nor did the store have extension tubes for any of their leaf blowers.
I came home and decided to take the leaf blower apart. I found a lever that operated a slide switch. It was the switch that wouldn’t move. I sprayed contact cleaner into the switch, let it soak for 30 seconds and was able to move the switch. I worked the switch back and forth, reassembled the blower and it works perfectly. In your case, anything with a little lubricant–electrical contact spray, silicon spray, etc. might be just enough to make the metal parts in the buckle slippery so that they can be pulled apart.


#5

I had this same issue on a Ranger. Luckily I was not held in by the belt when it got stuck. There is no way to insert the male into the female incorrectly. I got a pair of vice grips, put a nut onto the area that needed to be depressed, and pressed it with the vice grips. It still took a little work to jiggle it free. As it turned out, there was some crud inside the female which I then removed with compressed air. It never happened again.as long as I owned it.