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4x4nOBX 02-15-2010 10:41 AM

Seat belts don't catch
 
I have a 1997 Wrangler Sport they I recenlty purchased. One day I tested the seat belt while I was belted in to see if it would catch incase I was in an accident by pulling on it fast and hard. NO CATCH. Went to the passenger side same thing NO CATCH.

Yesterday I got in my buddies 2005 Wrangler asked him to pull his belt and we heard it catch like it should in the housing down near the floor. I tried his passenger belt I was setting in and again NO CATCH.

Anyone tested their belts lately or figured out why the seat belts malfunction?
Any suggestions to fix?

Thanks

Eddie 02-15-2010 10:51 AM

I just got done replacing mine, one of mine wouldn't catch, and the recoiler wouldn't work on the other.

In the instructions was something interesting that I wasn't aware of. It basically said if the plastic cover was removed from the recoiler that irreversible damage would occur...So maybe that's what happened to yours?

I paid about 100 for the pair, I'd drop the link but I gotta remember where I got them first. Let us know if you need a link.

4x4nOBX 02-15-2010 10:54 AM

seat belts don't catch
 
Thanks

Yea not sure if the covers have been removed. I doubt it. I saw on a site where I can get the driver and passenger for about $100. Did you need to buy a special star driver(tools)? jeep dealer said I needed a special tool?

Ray - San Jose 02-15-2010 11:16 AM

I don't know about the Jeep belts specifically, but the 'catch' is a weighted pendulum on most vehicles. Try moving your body forward quickly while you're braking to see if it catches. If not, you might be able to spray some WD-40 in to loosen it up. Worth a try before spending $100+ for new units.

Eddie 02-15-2010 11:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 4x4nOBX (Post 546578)
Thanks

Yea not sure if the covers have been removed. I doubt it. I saw on a site where I can get the driver and passenger for about $100. Did you need to buy a special star driver(tools)? jeep dealer said I needed a special tool?

I paid 100 for driver and passenger side, Ill try to find the link for you. It should be a torx # 48 or #50 It was hard to tell with mine cuz they were kinda chewed up so both fit. I got those from sears and since there are quite a few torx things in the jeep I bought the larger set for around $33.00

(Which sucked cuz I had a set already that I cant find) :(

Eddie 02-15-2010 11:55 AM

Here it is...

Jeep Wrangler Seat Belt | Free Shipping | 1987 - 2009, 1987 - 2008, Replacement, Omix

They had it on my door in 3 days.

4x4nOBX 02-15-2010 12:29 PM

cool thanks for the help.

4Jeepn 02-15-2010 02:59 PM

most belts need to have forward movement of both the jeep and the passenger to work correctly. Only some belts on newer cars/jeeps(some models) etc will catch/ratchet from a level postion.

4x4nOBX 02-16-2010 08:58 AM

Most of my testing is done while driving down the road with and without my foot on the brake. Still no catch.

4x4nOBX 02-16-2010 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eddie (Post 546577)
I just got done replacing mine, one of mine wouldn't catch, and the recoiler wouldn't work on the other.

In the instructions was something interesting that I wasn't aware of. It basically said if the plastic cover was removed from the recoiler that irreversible damage would occur...So maybe that's what happened to yours?

I paid about 100 for the pair, I'd drop the link but I gotta remember where I got them first. Let us know if you need a link.

Eddie did you have to remove your seats to replace the seatbelts?

Eddie 02-16-2010 10:08 AM

Naw, I didn't.

It would have made it easier cuz when I had the long breaker bar on there I was only getting a click or two on the socket wrench at a time, but after it got about halfway out I was able to ditch the bar. I had the seats out once already this week (replaced them) That said I think time wise it was about a break even leaving them in and talking them out dealing with the short throw.

Im not sure of the condition of your bolts, but I wish I had soaked my earlier ones with PB blaster or this other rust buster I use.

The last one was really stubborn and stripped, once I cut the old belt and recoiler out (sawzall on the metal backing of the assembly, not the bolt), I was able to get the bolt only after soaking it with rust buster for a half hour then vice grips.

The first bolts always go easy, making sure you get sucked in to the point of no return only to reach that last one that just won't give up :rolleyes:


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