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Old 12-17-2014, 12:24 AM
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seat belt not retracting

hi all
my drivers side seat belt is playing up. once I pull it out say a foot max it appears to jam or lock up ....any idea how to fix it.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:51 AM
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seatbelt retraction

Good Morning,
I had a balky passenger seatbelt that would not retract but spent 20 minutes with a sponge and mild dishwashing soap mixture throughly cleaning the entire length of the belt and it works fine. I repeat that process every 6 months or so and the problem has not returned.
Certainly worth a try!
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:50 AM
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... I had a balky passenger seatbelt that would not retract but spent 20 minutes with a sponge and mild dishwashing soap mixture throughly cleaning the entire length of the belt and it works fine. I repeat that process every 6 months or so and the problem has not returned...
How could you tell the belt was dirty - was it a beige belt? What made you think that a dirty belt would not retract - was some of the belt stiff with grease?
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:48 AM
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How could you tell the belt was dirty - was it a beige belt? What made you think that a dirty belt would not retract - was some of the belt stiff with grease?
Black belt, I saw this suggested on this forum (can't remember when, probably 2 years ago). Not suggesting your problem couldn't be something else but a good washing and dry costs virtually nothing! Worked for me!
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:57 AM
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Interesting. I had mine replaced, and the dealer ended up having to replace it again when I got an airbag failure light. Long story short, I ended up having an airbag control module failure too. Maybe I should have tried cleaning it, though it was stuck, so not sure how I would have spooled it out to clean it.
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