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Old 08-28-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
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Seatbelt Problem!!

There are many things I want out of my Jeep but #1 is to keep my family safe when riding in it with me. I went to buckle in my sons car seat base tonight and the passenger side seatbelt wouldn't catch. I jerked it several times and it finally caught one time but then wouldn't catch again for several more tries. I tried the drivers the exact same way and it caught every single time. Just wondering if anyone has had this problem or has any suggestions on what to check?? If it boils down to it I guess I will have to replace it if I can find a replacement! Thanks in advance!!

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Old 08-28-2007, 02:12 AM   #2
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Just replace it, safety first. Go to your local bone-yard and get one for cheep. When I bought my TJ it had no back seat, let alone safety belts. So I went to a Jeep only bone-yard and got 2 safety belts and assembly for like 50 bucks off a totaled wrangler.(I ordered a brand new seat so it would look good, instead of an old junky one.)

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Old 08-28-2007, 07:00 AM   #3
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I don't know about your Jeep, but when I pull my seatbelts all the way out, they "catch" and ratchet tighter without allowing you to pull them out farther. The only way to release them is to let the belt go all the way back in and start over. I think that this is put in specifically for carseats and the like.
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I don't know about your Jeep, but when I pull my seatbelts all the way out, they "catch" and ratchet tighter without allowing you to pull them out farther. The only way to release them is to let the belt go all the way back in and start over. I think that this is put in specifically for carseats and the like.
That is so that in an accident, when you go forward you don't smash your head on the dash. Its activated by pulling the seatbelt out alot, or pulling it out real fast
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:58 AM   #5
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You maight want to take it to the dealership first,I don't know about Jeep but maybe You will have the same luck as I had with my Honda,I had trouble with my seat bealt so I took my prelude to the dealership and I found out Honda will fix your seat belts for free or repleace them for nothing,and they told me that seat belts in a Honda are lifetime warranty , well as long as the car runs.
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Most seat belts are acceleration activated too. For instance you can yank as hard as you want and it never catches... but lean forward very slowly while braking hard and it will catch. This is to allow you to lean forward in a hurry to pick something up without being annoyed.

I have a related question.. My seat belt sometimes catches completely retracted... it takes 10-12 tries to get it to come out so I can put it on... any advice?
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:25 AM   #7
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The only reason I don't think it was the speed activated part is because the drivers side catches everytime, but the passenger only caught like once or twice. The having to let it all the way in, I will check on that, but I am pretty sure that I had it all the way in when I walked over to that side to check it and see why it wasn't catching. I do know that when the drivers side was catching it was all the way in but I can't remember for 100% about the passenger.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:27 AM   #8
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the passenger seatbelt in my jeep doesn't want to recoil after a person exits the jeep... 90% of the time the seatbelt is left dangling out the door when it is shut. lol

I've seen factory type replacements sold in catalogs for about $60 - $80... I'm thinking about getting one of those
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:56 PM   #9
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Most seat belts are acceleration activated too. For instance you can yank as hard as you want and it never catches... but lean forward very slowly while braking hard and it will catch. This is to allow you to lean forward in a hurry to pick something up without being annoyed.

I have a related question.. My seat belt sometimes catches completely retracted... it takes 10-12 tries to get it to come out so I can put it on... any advice?
I think you are right. I tested it going down the road today and it would lock up everytime I hit the brakes and pulled it. The drivers side locks up sitting still or moving, doesn't matter.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:19 PM   #10
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ya my driver side doesnt catch. but if i push the push button and hold it and then slip the belt into it and let go of the botton it will hold it. probly not good cause sometimes it lets go when im driving but it holds to keep the cops off me. found one on ebay that im gonna get though so i suggest looking there.

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