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Old 14th April 2011
IanT54 IanT54 is offline
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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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Old 14th April 2011
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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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Old 18th October 2014
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Similar issues here, and all I did was hook some gunk out of the slot with a small screwdriver. Seems fixed now...
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Old 18th October 2014
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Default Seat belt retract .. or not

Ours do not retract well in both the old Saab and Honda ..This area must be a magnet for 17 years worth of all sorts if "dirt" . I'll try this , and thanks to the SaabCentral members.
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Old 25th October 2014
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This worked very well for me. on my 3dr I found out the retractors worked perfect and the guide was the problem.

lots of dirt I had to scrape off from the bottom and I used 1500grit sandpaper with Teflon spray after. went from not retracting at all and having it sit in the back seat to working 95%.
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Old 5th February 2017
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Thank you! The gunk in the seat belt guide was the problem. Thank you for advices!
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Old 7th February 2017
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My seat belt problem is the other way, the belts tighten pinning you to the seat.
I thought that was a feature; pre tightened seat belts?

I wonder if i can engineer a bit of gunk into the guide.
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