My guess is that that the belt is twisted.
Try taking a long shanked, thin screwdriver and see if you can push
the belt further in.
If that isn't the problem your whole mechanism may have to be replaced.
Yes - I think that it's twisted too now that I looked down inside of
Do what part of the seatbelt should I try to aim for?
Do you mean that I need to try to push the seatbelt backward near the
locking system or anywhere in the middle between the hole and locking
I've had some luck just pushing it back in as far as you can and then
it will unlock. You won't have to push
the seatbelt all the way in. At a certain point it will unlock. Then
try to pull the seatbelt all the way back out
and untwist it. Try not to damage the seatbelt webbing. Good luck.
This won't always work.
Some belts have an explosive device that is triggered in a crash that
sends a bolt into the belt mechanism to keep it from unrolling. While
I don't think there's any more danger dealing with these than with an
airbag, if your paranoid there's that to consider.
You really need a factory service manual. You can buy a bootleg
copy of the factory service manual on CD for about $10, check
Ebay auction 300195826378 for an example. Or you can pay
$25 for 1 year of an online version here http://www.alldatadiy.com Or
you can buy a factory authorized copy of the service manual CD for $125 from
http://www.helminc.com (part# FCS1256897RT) or a 1 month
subscription for $16 from the same site (FCS1997ETWEBM)
Leave it locked and adjust the buckle instead. Unless you had a terribly fat
person in there last there should be plenty of extra belt once you adjust
the waist buckle. Yank the belt hard many times to make sure it is
definitely locked first though.
He said the model he has. Read for comprehension next time before being
He's not a moron, he will know if it is safe or not.
What I suggested works. End of.
PS: Plonk, you're not worth my time.
To John: Read the owners manual and see if your car has the explosive
pretensioner retractors or not - it's mostly a high-end car thing.
And if the book doesn't say, call the car maker and tell then the VIN
- they will look it up. If it does have pretensioners, the Owners
Manual should tell you how to disarm them to work on the car.
And if it doesn't, then you have nothing to worry about. ;-P
The most likely way they disarm is the same as the airbags, you
disconnect the car battery and wait at least one to two minutes before
doing anything. The airbag controls have a capacitor to supply
initiation power (run the crash sensors and if needed fire the
blasting caps that set off the airbags) even if the power is cut right
at the beginning of the accident, and you have to wait for that backup
power capacitor to bleed down.
I'd take the time they say, and triple it at least - if the book
says two minutes, fifteen minutes is about right. That is one very
expensive and potentially painful "Oopsie!" you don't want to make...
And don't unplug any airbag system cable connectors (red or yellow
cables and connectors, often with flags or warning tags) with the
battery connected, or reconnect the battery with any of the cables
Applying power will make the airbag system run a Self Test, and
anything unplugged will set a persistent Airbag Fault code that
normally takes "divine intervention" from a mechanic with a special
scan tool to clear. And they'll probably insist on doing a full
airbag system inspection and checkout before clearing that fault
light, and charge you a healthy chunk of change for the service.
--<< Bruce >>--
If it's anything like the seat belts on older card, it's just held on
with one bolt. You might just see what a junk yard has. Of course
after reading some of the replies on here, I really never knew
seatbelts could get so complicated.....
I know on my older vehicles, there was a removable cover that exposed
the spool. Once you get to the spool you shoulkd be able to see if
something is twisted, or the spool is broken or has a broken spring.
The newer the car, the more complicated they seem to get....
It's like how complicated can someone possibly make a simple device
like a seatbelt?
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