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My driver's seat belt seems to be twisted up, but the twist is inside the panel. I looked at the shop manual and what they show is not the same as mine, so it's no help. Does anyone know how to get the interior panel off in the back seat so that I can get to the seat belt retraction mechanism and untwist it?

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2001 DB7 Vantage Volante Left hand drive (US)
 

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I took mine out of my 1997 Volante a few weeks ago. Hope its the same!
Firstly remove the rubber door seal from the panel.
Next pull out the bottom part of the rear seat upright - its in 2 parts - the lower part is held on velcro strips.
Under the top part of the back seat is a single cross head screw. Remove this then slide the top part of the seat upwards to remove completely.
You will see 2 more screws that go into the rear panel once the seat uprights have been removed. Undo those.
Where the seat belt goes into the panel will be a plastic protector. Loosen and lift it up.
Under the rear seat squab at the front are 2 small nuts (8mm?). Remove these and lift the seat out.
Now you should be able to gently and very carefully prise the panel from its location. The part near the door is held by plastic push studs so use a screwdriver to gently ease them out.
Once all free the panel lifts up to clear the seat belt at the top.

Well, that's how mine came out anyway. When refitting line it up then give it a good press down to locate it back in place then push the studs back into place etc etc.
 

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I took mine out of my 1997 Volante a few weeks ago. Hope its the same!
Firstly remove the rubber door seal from the panel.
Next pull out the bottom part of the rear seat upright - its in 2 parts - the lower part is held on velcro strips.
Under the top part of the back seat is a single cross head screw. Remove this then slide the top part of the seat upwards to remove completely.
You will see 2 more screws that go into the rear panel once the seat uprights have been removed. Undo those.
Where the seat belt goes into the panel will be a plastic protector. Loosen and lift it up.
Under the rear seat squab at the front are 2 small nuts (8mm?). Remove these and lift the seat out.
Now you should be able to gently and very carefully prise the panel from its location. The part near the door is held by plastic push studs so use a screwdriver to gently ease them out.
Once all free the panel lifts up to clear the seat belt at the top.

Well, that's how mine came out anyway. When refitting line it up then give it a good press down to locate it back in place then push the studs back into place etc etc.
I will try it when I get a chance- Thanks!
 

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I took mine out of my 1997 Volante a few weeks ago. Hope its the same!
Firstly remove the rubber door seal from the panel.
Next pull out the bottom part of the rear seat upright - its in 2 parts - the lower part is held on velcro strips.
Under the top part of the back seat is a single cross head screw. Remove this then slide the top part of the seat upwards to remove completely.
You will see 2 more screws that go into the rear panel once the seat uprights have been removed. Undo those.
Where the seat belt goes into the panel will be a plastic protector. Loosen and lift it up.
Under the rear seat squab at the front are 2 small nuts (8mm?). Remove these and lift the seat out.
Now you should be able to gently and very carefully prise the panel from its location. The part near the door is held by plastic push studs so use a screwdriver to gently ease them out.
Once all free the panel lifts up to clear the seat belt at the top.

Well, that's how mine came out anyway. When refitting line it up then give it a good press down to locate it back in place then push the studs back into place etc etc.
Thanks very much- it worked fine, with a couple of adjustments.

For others who may use this in the future: I didn't have to remove the door seal all the way, just along the middle. The top was held by some sort of combination metal/ plastic fastener and I was afraid it would break. I did have to take two screws out of a rubber cover near where the rear passenger window is to allow the panel to go up. And there was only one pin to hold the panel by the door. Otherwise not all that bad, although unfortunately I couldn't get a socket under the front of the seat base due to clearance (the stud angles back and is very tight against the vertical part of the floor) and had to use a wrench.
 
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