Nothing is quite as frustrating as getting ready to hit the road, only to find out that your seatbelt isn’t working smoothly. You may have pulled it too far, causing some loops in the webbing, or you pulled it too far for your seatbelt’s retractor to malfunction.
When these issues happen, it’s always good to have expert car technicians deal with the situation. This is because you’re dealing with safety-sensitive parts that require high skills and meticulous techniques to ensure that your car’s components are working to the letter.
However, you’ll still need to get on the road for car repairs, which leaves you to fix the issue. Fortunately, we’ve shared a quick how-to guide to fixing a broken seat belt due to webbing loops.
You can read that for additional notes, but we will focus on other seatbelt issues to help you resolve this problem. At least, get it working enough so you can safely take your car to experts like Safety Restore.
How to Fix a Seatbelt Retractor Issue?
Previously, we discussed how you could deal with twisted seatbelt webbings. Fortunately, the steps for that issue are quite easy, and you can remedy it right away before heading to Safety Restore for a webbing or seatbelt strap replacement.
However, dealing with a faulty seat belt retractor is a different ball game altogether. This is because you’re not only dealing with one component, but you’re dealing with a part that can affect all the functions of your seatbelt.
Here’s what you can do before taking your car to the professionals:
Step #1: If you’re dealing with a seatbelt that cannot be pulled out, there is some obstruction inside the belt’s retractor. To deal with this issue, you can start by manually feeding your seatbelt back to its retractor to build a slack.
Step #2: Now that you’re doing this, it’s time for you to examine your seatbelt’s retractor and uncover any obstructions that may be causing this issue. In most cases, you may need to remove pieces of the paneling so you can easily access the retractor. Sometimes, dirt or gravel can be stuck in the retractor, and properly cleaning would fix the issue.
Step #3: After doing that, the next thing you want to do is to inspect for twists in your webbing. If you notice any, it’s best to eliminate them right away to restore your seatbelt’s functionality. You can do this by manually turning your retractor inward to create another slack. You can then use a screwdriver to rectify the twists.
Step #4: Now that you’re done doing the steps above, you can now test and tug your seatbelt. If the problem persists, you can jar-lose the internal binding by grabbing the seatbelt’s webbing and giving it two to three forceful tugs. Doing this can free up misaligned retractor components and restore their functionality.
The Bottom Line: What Do I Do If I’m Experiencing Other Seat Belt Problems?
Now that you’ve temporarily fixed your seatbelt’s retractor, it’s time for you to head to Safety Restore to have experts examine and repair your car’s seat belt retractor. And when it comes to other safety component repairs, it’s also best to have experts deal with them right away. This ensures that you minimize your dangers and injuries on the road, and you’re keeping yourself and other passengers safe.
Why Choose Safety Restore?
For all your car safety repair and replacement needs, such as webbing replacements, seatbelt strap replacements, seat belt repairs, and more, it’s best to call the leading company for post-accident restorations — Safety Restore.
Learn more about how we can help you today!