I've got a '95 corolla with a fully retracted rear seat belt which has
locked itself. Manuals say one just needs to gently pull to unlock, however
that's not working for me. I've attempted to attack the problem from the
other end by removing the belt assembly from the chassis (in the trunk)
however I'm not finding anything amiss nor anything to jiggle to release the
Jiggle harder, try it upside down or in different positions, check
it for dirt or debris in the mechanism, look to see if the webbing has
a fold or crease in the throat or on the reel that is jamming the
works. And realize if it doesn't respond to any of that, it's time to
toss the old retractor and look for a replacement.
There are several mechanical bits in the retractor - the main
retraction springs, inertia flyweights and their springs, crash sense
flyweights and their springs, and the designers try to design them
fail-safe - it's probably jamming on purpose because an important
spring or ratchet pawl jaw broke. If they get seriously out of whack
I wouldn't even try to fix them - You have to get it right, because
the belts must work when called on.
And on some high-end cars there is an explosive pre-tensioner system
in the belt tensioners that is triggered by the airbags, and before
the crash forces reach you the reel yanks all the slack out of the
seat belts in the first few milliseconds of a bad accident. If those
are triggered, you toss the entire tensioner.
If you get a junkyard belt, be certain it hasn't been in an accident
with a person in it - feel and flex the nylon, if it's stiff and rigid
that belt was more than likely in a wreck with a person in it. (When
the nylon webbing stretches in a crash to absorb a few tons of impact
forces, the nylon reaches melting temperatures internally from
friction and it fuses into a hard belt.)
--<< Bruce >>--
Bruce L. Bergman, Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) CA - Desktop
Electrician for Westend Electric - CA726700
My wife said it was folded over when she'd gotten out of the car and the
belt retracted itself, so the fold has gotten itself wrapped up on the reel.
It's been a couple days, maybe I'll get lucky and it's losened up.
"Bruce L. Bergman" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
It might be in Canada Ray...or Chrysler-Dodge may be using it for
promotion, I had an expensive problem with seatbelts on a Dodge
truck years ago and they fixed it free...didn't seem to want to
discuss it either...almost like it was a secret...weird.
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