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Old 07-25-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Seat belt issues - repair or replace?

My passenger seat belt won't retract at all now, for a while it would if you helped it. So... $229 to replace or is it something I can take apart and fix? Since you have to remove a bunch of the interior just to get to it, I don't really want to take it apart more than once...

And I swear I've read about it here, like someone has done it and put up pictures in the last few months. I've searched and cannot find it.

If I need to replace it, am I asking for trouble going with a used part?
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If I wasn't so hard on keeping all my stock parts I would sell you mine. I've got 5 point harnesses so I have all my factory belts and mechanisms sitting in the house.

I would say stop by a junkyard.


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If I wasn't so hard on keeping all my stock parts I would sell you mine. I've got 5 point harnesses so I have all my factory belts and mechanisms sitting in the house.

I would say stop by a junkyard.


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Haha thanks, I don't blame you.

I had thought it was you that did it, but when I went through your thread, it was installing the 5 point harnesses.

Whatever I do, I need to have it done by Friday night, when I'll have my favorite passenger with me.
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Junkyard of forum classifieds and you'll pay 1/4 that price if that. You don't have to remove a ton of interior to get to it. Rear seat, sill panels on that side and remove the torx bolt for the seat belt and then remove any screws remaining that hold the panels on and they pop right out.


You can literally have the seat belt done in an hour if that. Its not hard.
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Junkyard of forum classifieds and you'll pay 1/4 that price if that. You don't have to remove a ton of interior to get to it. Rear seat, sill panels on that side and remove the torx bolt for the seat belt and then remove any screws remaining that hold the panels on and they pop right out.


You can literally have the seat belt done in an hour if that. Its not hard.

I'm leaning towards new... I'm not near a junkyard (near enough anyway) and I found a video of how to do it... Doesn't look bad at all. Might get some extra detail cleaning done while I'm at it.

And while I was at my parents place today, where 90% of my tools are, I forgot to check for a torx socket that fits. Doh!


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I've had the same problem with both my front ones. Is this a frequent problem for these years? I've just put up with it.


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Ordered a new one from AM after work tonight- hope it's here by the weekend! If not I'll tear it apart and see if I can kinda fix it for use this weekend.
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If your seat belts are in good shape, I would try to rewind the spring in the retractor first. Here's a link:


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If your seat belts are in good shape, I would try to rewind the spring in the retractor first. Here's a link:


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Thanks! Mine are in good shape and I'll keep this in mind just in case. I've already ordered the new one and I care a great deal about my typical passenger so I'll go ahead and replace it.

And on a side note, the quality of cell phone pictures have come such a long way since 2009. I don't even use my digital camera anymore because my iPhone has a better camera
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Lol then you need a better camera. Don't get me wrong, smartphones can take great pics, but next to a DSLR... Not even close.

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What do you guys think about having harnesses in a street car ? Dangerous ?


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No, just a pain in the ***.
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Definitely a pain on the *** hooking up unhooking what a chore

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