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Old 07-07-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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seat belt won't retract

yesterday, the GF and I did some driving around the island. just a nice lazy wasting of gas type of thing. this morning I noticed the passenger seat belt had not retracted. it will slowly retract if I take my time and pull out a couple of inches. it'll retract slowly and takes several times to get the entire belt back. pull it out and I have to start over. not only is this a PITA it's also concern for me in the event of an accident and I have a passenger.

is this a fixable situation or should I just replace the passenger side unit?

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Old 07-08-2014, 12:20 AM   #2
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Try pulling some of the belt out and blasting with an air compressor - they can get dirty.

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The seatbelt latching mechanism uses a simple steel ball and cup to lock the belt up. When the ball rolls out of the center, it latches the yellow mechanism via the darker yellow lever attached to the orange cup. It is probably just gunked up from dirt. Thoroughly flush the mechanism out with WD40 after removing the cover. WD40 is a good solvent for such purposes. The WD40 is thin enough to evaporate within a short period of time leaving nothing behind to attract more dirt.

No guarantees but doing this has worked in the past.
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Finally had some time to look at this. Spent about 20 minutes and can not figure out how to get the cover(s) off. Some of the plastic parts move but nothing comes off. I don't want to break anything. So how do I expose the guts on the passenger side seat belt mechanism?
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Unbolt it from the rollbar, you'll see how to get it apart/unsnap it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:17 PM   #6
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The fitment seems to be on the aft side of the bar. Is the "bolt" a torx, Phillips, slotted, or another head? I feel like such an idiot but I have never dealt with this before. In 50 years of owning vehicles, with belts, this is a first

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Torx-head bolt, under a snap-off cover. T-55 if I recall correctly.
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Mine did the same exact thing when a pebble got stuck in the locking mechanism. Beat on it with a wrench and the pebble fell out. Been working perfectly ever since.

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