Indeed! I ended up cutting in a controlled way, that I knew I could repair. Rather than risk pry'ing too hard on the plastic part in the wrong direction and risk breaking that in an uncontrolled way that would be more obvious and harder to repair.sketi said:Thanks for above Flintstone. I have already ordered the part and it is modest cost as you say. Fitting isn't going to be too bad as of course one can trot into the garage onto the bench with the seat, but prising off the plastic will be fun! A friend has a Roomster and we have another (that's two friends!) with a Yeti we will ask the question.
We meet again, old friend! Sadly, we're tossing up how much long the Yeti's worth pouring love and funds into. Gearbox (could be clutch) is getting cranky, a horn failed (they mount those in a shocking spot!), electrics are developing more demons (we've already had the drivers door loom repaired once), and the evaporative purge valve remains iffy (better in the hot seasons here, so we've been able to shelve that problem for the time being).I fitted the new buckle in under 30 minutes the evening before the car's MOT. With relevant seat out of the car. It took so long because I tried in vain to figure out how to completely remove the plastic shroud panel that covers where the buckle bolts into the seat frame. In the end, because I didn't really have an alternative at that point in time, I ended up carefully making a couple of cuts in the plastic shroud, about 3" long. That allowed it to be pry'd back far enough to let me get a 1/2" drive socket and short extension onto the eye bolt. Later repaired the cuts with black gaffer tape (the rally crew's favourite piece of "always carry" key items, along with cable ties and WD40). The shroud thus repaired remains totally out sight when the seats are in place, between the affected seat and it's neigbour. Remaining 100% functional as its designers intended.
The eye bolt requires a 16mm socket from memory (could be +/-1 different?) and is thread locked (a.k.a. "Loctited") into the into the threads in the seat frame for security. But only with medium strength Locitite. So can be worked free with normal hand tools like a ratchet.