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#1 Post by Erehwon » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:45 am

Hi All, Happy New Year
I had forgotten just how informative you guys are, I guess most are enthusiasts. I'm afraid my Rover 416 Tourer in Midnight Red, N reg, 120K miles, has seen better days and now provides me with local transport three or four times each week, so you are not surprised that I have just had to put the battery on trickle charge. Had the car for over 20 years, it has been great, very reliable and fun to drive. The real reason I am back is that I have a problem, the driver's seat belt lower 'socket' no longer clicks when belt 'tongue' is inserted. (Sorry about my invented names, I hope they make sense).It is easy not to insert it properly and recently it has come free while driving. I guess the whole lower anchor stub (more inventions) will need replacing. Will I get one second hand? It looks as though I will need to take the drivers seat out to do a job and imagine there are electrical issue there. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Anything under the car is a no-no for me as at 80yr old I have lost a great deal of flexibility but still enjoy the challenge of the smaller topside jobs. Many Thanks in anticipation!

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#2 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:58 pm

Just a warning if you try to source one from a scrappy make sure it's the right one. As I bought a salvage one for my M Reg 414 and it doesn't fit

I got around the issue by fitting a set of early GTI seats without the pretensioner; job jobbed! :cool
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#3 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:32 pm

Had something similar a while back and it was because a small internal spring in the 'short end' had become dislodged.

I had to prise apart the 2 halves of the plastic shell, move it back into place, then glue the halves back together again. It's worked ever since without problem.

Maybe it would be best just to tape them together 'till you're sure that the problem is fixed.

It's not a job for a dark day or poor eyesight though :laughing2
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#4 Post by Erehwon » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:33 pm

Thanks to Gti and Mr Teddy Bear, all thoughts valued. Will have to be really organised as car is used every other day, it may be a little while before I manage it. I favour the scrappy route but wondered if there was a really effective way of ensuring the seat mounted stub end was correct? Perhaps a trip to the breakers would be the way, trouble is the yards local to Peterborough are rubbish for anything Rover going back over 10 years. Any body out there know of any good breakers in the Midlands south of Birmingham? Someone I could phone in the first instance?

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#5 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:44 pm

Pretty sure there are some in the clearance section on rimmers
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#6 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:21 pm

I bought one of Ebay that 'looked the same' but once the old one was removed from the seat obviously wasn't. It's the pretensioner bolt/tube under the seat that you need to look at. The short arm and clip that bolts to the side of the seat may well look identical, but you need to look underneath.
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#7 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:44 pm

I would think that Kevin Willis could help with this.
I will contact him tomorrow and ask him if he can get in touch (unless anybody else can do it sooner?)
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#8 Post by Erehwon » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:22 pm

Weds 10th. Would still value any further thoughts on the safety belt but haven't done much on this front as had a flat battery and after charging and reinstalling the engine immobiliser gave me trouble. Discovered that inside handset/key fob a cylindrical plastic switch activator which connects outer rubber fob button to actual switch on th circuit board had jammed on in the lock position. Once freed fob appears to be working OK but using the emergency code by turning the door key failed to get me going. Because the key fob dodgy, in recent times, I was just using the key to lock/unlock/engine start quite happily but now the immobiliser sets after a while, so using the key only has become problematic. My standby second fob failed some time ago showing mystery fluid on the circuit board. This was not a leaky battery, maybe another bit is duff. I have heard of capacitors 'exploding' I think everything else in the fob is 'dry'. I have had them 'repaired' before but this time one online outfit declared it u/s. Maybe there is a wizard repairer, known to club members who, could fix it and give me security of a second working fob.Thanks for your helpful and encouraging comments so far.

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#9 Post by JEASPEKE » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:17 pm

Hi, welcome back.

ref Key fobs, this company gets great reviews in my area (Notts)

http://www.nottinghamcarkeys.co.uk/

maybe they could help if you mail one fob to them.

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#10 Post by Erehwon » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:04 pm

Hello Jeaspeke, your Nottingham Autolocksmith sounds a good lead to follow up although they mention they repair 1995 onwards and my vehicle was made during '95. I'll post the results of my enquiries. Many thanks

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