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Old 02-09-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Question Seat belt slack after unbuckling?

Is there a way to tighten up the retraction on the seat belts when they've been unbuckled? Mine are getting "slacky" and my other half keeps slamming the passengers' side belt in the door despite my repeated warnings.

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Is there a way to tighten up the retraction on the seat belts when they've been unbuckled? Mine are getting "slacky" and my other half keeps slamming the passengers' side belt in the door despite my repeated warnings.
It's more than likely a worn spring in the collector at the floor. No way to tighten it. You'll have to replace the seat belt.

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Old 02-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #3
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I've posted this a few times but haven't heard if it has worked for anyone else.

When I bought my 97, the seatbelt was doing the same thing.

I had to unbolt the seatbelt reel from the bottom of the rollbar for another job.
After unbolting, the reel retracted itself as far as it would go - it wound itself up so it was about level with the door striker.
I pulled the reel back down and re-bolted it to the bottom of the rollbar and the seatbelt started retracting normally from that day on.

I have no idea why it worked - maybe spooling up as far as it would go somehow retentioned it.
That was over 2 years ago and it's been working great since.

Heads up - When pulling the seatbelt reel back down to rebolt it in position, the reel must be dead level or it will lock up.
Any deviation from dead level in any direction will cause it to lock.
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[QUOTE=Wesboy;3346329]I've posted this a few times but haven't heard if it has worked for anyone else.

When I bought my 97, the seatbelt was doing the same thing.

I had to unbolt the seatbelt reel from the bottom of the rollbar for another job.
After unbolting, the reel retracted itself as far as it would go - it wound itself up so it was about level with the door striker.
I pulled the reel back down and re-bolted it to the bottom of the rollbar and the seatbelt started retracting normally from that day on.

I have no idea why it worked - maybe spooling up as far as it would go somehow retentioned it.
That was over 2 years ago and it's been working great since.

Heads up - When pulling the seatbelt reel back down to rebolt it in position, the reel must be dead level or it will lock up.
Any deviation from dead level in any direction will cause it to lock.[/QUOTE

The belts in my 97 did the same thing so I took them right out, took all the little plastic covers off, and took my blow gun to them, put them back on and they work great now. But like its been said, make sure you are dead level when you install them otherwise the safety lock will engage. Also make sure they arent packed full of little stones and sand, they are the small brightly colored bowls on the side with a big ball bearing in them.
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I've posted this a few times but haven't heard if it has worked for anyone else.

When I bought my 97, the seatbelt was doing the same thing.

I had to unbolt the seatbelt reel from the bottom of the rollbar for another job.
After unbolting, the reel retracted itself as far as it would go - it wound itself up so it was about level with the door striker.
I pulled the reel back down and re-bolted it to the bottom of the rollbar and the seatbelt started retracting normally from that day on.

I have no idea why it worked - maybe spooling up as far as it would go somehow retentioned it.
That was over 2 years ago and it's been working great since.

Heads up - When pulling the seatbelt reel back down to rebolt it in position, the reel must be dead level or it will lock up.
Any deviation from dead level in any direction will cause it to lock.

The belts in my 97 did the same thing so I took them right out, took all the little plastic covers off, and took my blow gun to them, put them back on and they work great now. But like Wesboy said, make sure you are dead level when you install them otherwise the safety lock will engage. Also make sure they arent packed full of little stones and sand, they are the small brightly colored bowls on the side with a big ball bearing in them.
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I've posted this a few times but haven't heard if it has worked for anyone else.

When I bought my 97, the seatbelt was doing the same thing.

I had to unbolt the seatbelt reel from the bottom of the rollbar for another job.
After unbolting, the reel retracted itself as far as it would go - it wound itself up so it was about level with the door striker.
I pulled the reel back down and re-bolted it to the bottom of the rollbar and the seatbelt started retracting normally from that day on.

I have no idea why it worked - maybe spooling up as far as it would go somehow retentioned it.
That was over 2 years ago and it's been working great since.

Heads up - When pulling the seatbelt reel back down to rebolt it in position, the reel must be dead level or it will lock up.
Any deviation from dead level in any direction will cause it to lock.
Cool! I will go try this today. I just figured the tensioner was worn out. My jeep has 107k miles on it, so I just figured it was worn.
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Well, I unbolted the seatbelt return on the passenger side, pulled all of the belt out of the receptacle 5 times, and sprayed a generous amount of WD40 on both sides of the reel. Didn't make anything easier, except pulling the seatbelt out. The retraction still needs assistance (manually feed the belt towards the floor).

Looks like I'll be replacing my belts this spring. Let me know if you find a deal better than the one I posted. I didn't shop around very hard. Just googled and posted the first hit that looked correct.

Hope you have better luck than I did!
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When I unbolted the seatbelt reel, I didn't pull any of the belt out - quite the opposite - I let it retract as far as it could.
The only thing stopping it rewinding any further was the rolled up belt had got too 'fat' to roll up any more, then just pulled the mechanism back down and rebolted it.
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I'm definitely going to try this when I get the chance. It would be nice if I didn't have to replace the belts. Thanks!
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When I unbolted the seatbelt reel, I didn't pull any of the belt out - quite the opposite - I let it retract as far as it could.
The only thing stopping it rewinding any further was the rolled up belt had got too 'fat' to roll up any more, then just pulled the mechanism back down and rebolted it.
Well, I did this by accident. I had to put the bolt down in a place where it would roll away on me. Letting go, the retractor naturally pulled the base up as high as it could go (smacking me in the head on the way up). Glad no one was around to capture that on video

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