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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seat belts issue

I just wondering if anyone else has problem I with my seat belts that they hard to re-track when getting out of my truck!!!

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I have the same problem with the 99 . Not sure how to correct it though.


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Yup, my 2000 didn't want to retract the driver seatbelt. Never really figured out how to fix it. To get it back in I used to pull it tight and slowly let it slide back in to the spool.

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Same in my 01. I have to feed it back by hand....pain in the ass.

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Have you guys ever thought of taking the cover off and giving it a spray of wd-40, as times goes by dirt and dust builds up on the spring that retracks the belt.
Just my 2.5 cents worth

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A few years ago I found out most manufacturers have a lifetime warranty on safety components -- particularly seatbelts. I think it has to do with federal regulations.

My old '87 Nissan's driver-side seatbelt stopped retracting one day. I was all set to buy a new belt, but the guy at an auto-parts place suggested I first ask the service department at a Nissan dealer if it was warrantied. I doubted was, since I think the truck was maybe 17 or 18 years old at that point, and I was the third or fourth owner. But there was nothing to lose in asking.

Sure enough, the parts guy at the Nissan dealer asked the service manager and they ordered up a replacement belt (even in the right colour) and installed it for free.

Hopefully you'll have the same results as I had. It's definitely worth a shot, at least.

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Do not, under any circumstances, use wd-40 on seatbelt retracters. Most times, they need cleaning and lubing and the spring needs retention or replacement. If you can get it warrantied then by all means do it that way.

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And whats wrong with wd-40 ?? don't like the smell ??? I used it a few times on older cars and trucks that the belt wouldn't retrack a small spray and worked the belt in and out a few times and works fine no problems.

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Do not, under any circumstances, use wd-40 on seatbelt retracters. Most times, they need cleaning and lubing and the spring needs retention or replacement. If you can get it warrantied then by all means do it that way.
+1 on that.

The problem is not just the belt retracting, but also the mechanism which will lock tension on the belt in the case of a collision, and keep you from going through the windshield. Are you really going to trust your life to a squirt of WD40? Maybe it'll work when the time comes ... maybe not. Unfortunately there's only one way to find out.

Seat belt mechanisms are *NON-SERVICABLE* for a reason.

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