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Old 05-20-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Seat Belt Retracter repair

I am writing this to help those out there with stuck seat belts, i do not know why they get stuck but they do at some of the worst times.

So here it goes

Step 1: remove the T-50 torx bolt. This bolt is a MAJOR PITA the first time you remove it, some lubricant is highly recommended.


Step 2: Remove the belt retracter and open it like a clam shell. There is a rivet at the bottom holding the plastic cover on, i leave it alone as its very plyable plastic.



Step 3: THIS IS IMPORTANT DO NOT OPEN THE SIDE THAT SAYS DO NOT OPEN, YOU WILL REGRET IT.
Open the other side by prying off the cover with a flat head screw driver.

Once open it should look like this.

Step 4: Remove the yellow and silver bobber looking thing.

And the actual locking mechanism right above the bobber looking thing.


The final product will look similar to this


Now put the cover back on, fold the plastic cover back over the retracter and bolt it back in. very simple very cheap fix.

THIS FIX WILL NOT DISABLE THE EMERGENCY LOCKING MECHANISM BUILT INTO THE RETRACTER. IF YOUR BELT DOES NOT LOCK WITH A FAST YANK YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE ASSEMBLY. SAFETY IS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, DO NOT GAMBLE WITH YOURS OR ANY OTHERS PERSONS LIFE.

I ALSO DO NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYONES SCREW UPS ON THIS.
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this works very well. thanks very much. belt still works right too.

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Old 07-03-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Seat belt retractor

Thanks so much for your post, Abomination93! The seat belt on the passenger side of my 06 Rubicon started acting up yesterday and this info will likely come in very handy!
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:50 PM   #4
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Great write up, Thanks.

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Old 07-03-2011, 11:21 PM   #5
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Did this to mine a few days ago, I didn't see the "do open" part as it was covered in dirt, spent the rest of the day hating myself. Good write up.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:53 AM   #6
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Will doing this stop the unnecessary locking of my belt? My drivers side belt locks at 0mph.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:38 PM   #7
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well i did this mod. now my seat belts come out and can be used, but now they dont retrack ? well, any ways i wont get a ticket for not wearing my seat belt !
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:03 AM   #8
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Wow!! Nice write up and photo's. Great job, I will do this today. Happy New Year!!
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:26 AM   #9
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Damn! Which I had seen this before I spent $70 on a new one. Mine wouldn't release (unspool) the belt. Now I know why: the little spring holding the catch out of the way was missing. Oh welll...thanks for posting...I'll know better next time.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:32 AM   #10
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Unbolting, spooling & unspooling a few times, rebolting - seemed to do the trick on my tension issue. Go figure!
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:50 PM   #11
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Just curious what happens if you open the side that says do not open?
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:23 PM   #12
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The spring inside will fly out like a watch spring. Promises to be a good time right there don't ya know
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The spring inside will fly out like a watch spring. Promises to be a good time right there don't ya know
haha id hate to be the guy to find out about that one! glad i didnt have to find out the hard way!
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:27 AM   #14
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Second time in the four days from joining this forum that you guys helped me out!
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:26 PM   #15
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Working as a bodyman we have to change the seatbelts often. When I saw the "Do Not Open This Side" guess what I did. Luckily it was one we took out as an insurance replacement. My drivers side was sticking when I got my current YJ. A shot of WD40 got it back online. This particular shop kink is useful if the WD40 doesn't work. Thanks Abo93. Great writeup. L.M.
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Old 05-27-2015, 06:47 PM   #16
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awesome info

95 wrangler seat belt was driving me nuts....looked up part to buy and found this. Great info! I've seen too many jeeps upside down to know better. Safety first when your wheeling!
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That "Do Not Open" marking is good to know. Now if Remington had just put one of those on the side of the Nylon 66 rifle......
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:18 AM   #18
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Great write up. I have had mine apart and cleaned and oiled it (still didn't help) - never thought to remove that part! Great idea, Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:20 PM   #19
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That little weight with the yellow top is the inertia weight that locks the belt in the event of a collision. Seat belt retractor assemblies are not intended to be serviced but replaced.
You will find that out when you get into a wreck but then it will be too late.
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You might also want the seat belt to lock when you roll over without a collision occurring first....
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You might also want the seat belt to lock when you roll over without a collision occurring first....
The lap belt section will still hold you in. I just want to lean forward and adjust the radio or clean the bugs outta my eye without being 'locked' in my seat.
I removed the bobber on passenger side and the belt still locks up at a jerk or sudden pull, but now I can lean without the shoulder restraint holding me captive.
Only problem is my drivers side is not factory (replaced by PO) and both sides say "do not remove"! So I just oiled it up real good and that helped alot!
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:54 PM   #22
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Thank you for the advice mine is fixed now!
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Not fixed. Still broken with a now bypassed critical function. Hope no one gets hurt from this advice....
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Thanks for this! My right rear passenger belt is stuck and will not move in either direction. I will try the wd40 first, then take it all the way apart. In the event neither works, anybody recommend a replacement? Thanks again!
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I know this is an old thread......
But does anyone know where I could buy replacement driver-side seatbelt assembly for a 1995 Wrangler YJ?

I have called the dealer, they don't have them on that old a model. I tried the auto parts shops and even went to ebay and Amazon. Nothing.
Any suggestions?
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I used:

SEATBELTSPLUS.COM
800-445-2847

A little pricey, but my wife rides in the Jeep!
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Try Pic-a-part if you have one locally.

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