1997 Ford Ranger Seat Belt Buckle Replacement

1997 Ford Ranger seat belt buckle with broken button
1997 Ford Ranger seat belt buckle with broken button

The belt buckle (the part connected on the seat that the seat belt latches into) on my 1997 Ford Ranger failed. The button would stick in a pushed state and the belt would not latch or it would latch and then pop out while driving. Sometimes I could hit the button housing and the button would pop out, but it was getting more and more difficult to do. Normally I would search online and order the parts but not wanting to wait any longer to replace the buckle I purchased a new part from a local Ford dealer for $130. I could have probably found it cheaper online but when it comes to safety equipment I prefer to have OEM.

The new buckle came with instructions and will fit 1995 through 1997 Ford Explorer and 1996 through 1997 Lincoln Mountaineer. It also came with instructions but I could not access the screw holding the buckle on the seat which left two options, removing the seat or the center console. I chose to remove the center console.

First the cup holders were removed to access two screws underneath. The cup holds are held on by two clips in the front and sort of hinge of two plastic tabs in the back. I pulled up on the front of the cup holders then pulled the cup holders out.

Cup holders pop out to get to the screws underneath
Cup holders pop out to get to the screws underneath

Once the cup holders are removed two long screws can be removed and this will free the front part of the console.

Remove these two screws
Remove these two screws

In the rear of the console there are plastic covers on each side that need to be removed.

Screw cover
Screw cover

Under the covers there are 4 screws (2 on each side) that will allow the arm rest to be removed.

Screws need to be removed
Screws need to be removed

Once the arm rest is removed there is one final screw to be removed. One the center console is removed access to the seatbelt screw is straight forward.

1997 Ford Ranger center console removed by gregjsmith, on Flickr
1997 Ford Ranger center console removed by gregjsmith, on Flickr

The belt buckle can be removed with a standard T50 torx bit.

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Albuquerque Craigslist Cars: 1971 Ford Thunderbird, 1951 Dodge pickup, 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

A look at Albuquerque Craigslist cars shows a few potential project cars worth checking out.

A boat 1971 Ford Thunderbird for $7000

3M43F83H45La5G35J5d2bb9eab2761ce4134cExcellent original all numbers matching second owner Thunderbird with the rare bucket seat and console option, has 429-4V engine AC PW PDB AT PS this car runs and drives exceptional everything works, ready for cruise-ins and shows! I purchased from the original owner, also this aqua blue color was a rare option for the T-Bird in 71.

A beat up 1951 Dodge pickup for $1400

3I83M33N45Kf5Fd5J6d1k3f830ba8bace1558HERE IS A 1951 DODGE PU. IT HAS AN AUTOMATIC TRANS. WITH A PONTIAC ENGINE IN FRONT OF IT. NOT SURE WHAT SIZE THE ENGINE IS BUT IT DOES HAVE A 4BBL CARB, POWER BRAKES AND I THINK MANUAL STEERING. MORE PICTURES ON REQUEST. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT MORE PICTURES.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS. IM TIRED OF GETTING TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCAMMERS!!

A probably undrivable but in reasonably good shape 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible for $10,000

3L83F53H55I55K95F7d2ccbe264619a2d111365 impala ss convertible for sale body is in great shape asking 10,000 firm!!!!!!! Great project car for More pics and information