Advice needed to fix a jammed seatbelt

Hello to anyone reading this, I have a jammed seat belt in a 1998 Ford Taurus, and I was looking for some help with fixing it. I've seen videos on youtube that offers an all-in-one fix for jammed seat belts for various car models (including ford), but I'd like get some opinions here before I consider using the video's steps. I've included a picture of the jammed seat belt. Any help would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Downunder35m4 months ago

So what exactly is the problem??
Not winding up fully? - replace
Not moving at all? - maybe fixable
Belt twisted and stuck in the buckle? - fixable

SR91 (author)  Downunder35m4 months ago

It's not moving at all; it won't extend when I try to pull it, and it won't retract either. Sorry for the late reply.

Downunder35m SR914 months ago

Sounds like the blocking mechanism is jammed.
Will require you to take the panel off and the winder out.
There is a little plastic bar that moves with the weight of a stell ball - like a rocking horse.
Due to dirst and lack of lube they can become stuck.
Sometimes you are lucky and a bit of oil and wiggling will do the trick, sometimes things are broken.
If in doubt replace the entire unit with a cheap one from the wreckers.

SR91 (author)  Downunder35m4 months ago

I had looked at a video a while back on how to fixe a jammed belt, and it said in order to remove the panel, I would need a flat-head screwdriver, an ratchet set, and an allen wrench. Looking at the panel in my car, would I need just the screwdriver or all of the above? Also, would I need to remove the panel just surrounding the belt or remove all of it? This is the video I was watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCkUv1kbvEU. Thanks for help so far.

Downunder35m SR914 months ago

Ca't tell you for your model, but I know from experience that it is not worth trying to avoid extra work.
To me it looks like you have to remove the entire panel as otherwise you would be able to access to winder.

SR91 (author)  Downunder35m3 months ago

So, remove the entire panel then, got it. I'll give it a shot and let you know how it turned out. Thanks.