Safety restraints - no zip
April 19, 2008 4:44 PM Subscribe
Sluggish seatbelt retracting thingers:
How to fix them?
posted by Acari to travel & transportation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's annoying, and too many older cars suffer from this for somebody to not know how to fix it.
The seatbelt doesn't go back into the mysterious seatbelt-dispensing portion of the car like it used to. And then you slam the buckle in the door, and look like a dweeb while you jiggle it up and down to try and feed it back in there.
I removed the mechanism, jiggled it around, poked at the pokable parts, and came to the conclusion that in this particular car [an 88 K-car], the issue is not friction/lubrication in the unit itself, but a spring weakened by age and overuse. Everything zips/spins/clicks like it should when it's just the belt and the retractor, but when it gets re-mounted and encased in plastic panelling, there's no poop/zip/vim.
I can't get at the spring so far as I can see; the retractor doesn't appear to be serviceable. But maybe it is and I just don't get it. Anybody have any clues?
Is this one of those times when I should just go to a junkyard and tug on all of the seatbelts I find?
[you know. like all those other times where that's the answer]