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Old 14-04-11
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Default Seat belts not retracting - 1 minute fix

A few months ago I tried tightening the retractor spring on my driver's side seatbelt. This was a fiddly and potentially unsafe thing to do and it really didn't make much difference.

Well, yesterday I had a brainwave. When I tried my previous fix I noticed that the belt retracted quite well when I unbolted the top (shoulder-height) guide i.e. the guide itself was gripping the belt too hard and stopping it retracting. So, my brainwave was, rather than try to tighten the retractor spring, loosen the guide's grip on the belt (I'm not offering any excuses on why it took me 4 months to think of this!). I grabbed a piece of 2000 grit wet&dry and pushed it between the bottom side of the belt and the guide, with the grit side down towards the guide. A few strokes of the wet&dry and my seat belt now retracts! The wet&dry takes enough material off the guide to allow the belt to slip through more easily.

One warning - you don't need to remove a lot of material! Just a few strokes was enough for me. If you remove too much the seatbelt will slip through the guide too easily and you'll feel that the seatbelt is always pulling on your shoulder.
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Wow, 2000 grit w/d paper. That's certainly not very abrasive. I think some use it to wet sand clear coat, so it couldn't take off too much. Great tip... Ron
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