The seat belt webbing is connected to a retractor which also has a spool attached to one end. The seat belt retractor spring inside applies torque to the spool. This causes it to rotate, tightening the seat belt webbing along with it. A head-on collision is not the only thing that can trigger the seat belts to tighten. The vehicle’s movement can trigger the retractor to fire off which can stop the rotation of the spool using a locking mechanism. The spool locks when the vehicle decelerates rapidly like when a collision occurs or even in a simple scenario like a seat belt getting jerked quickly when pulled out. Here is a quick guide on how to fix a seat belt retractor.
There are two more common situations to look for that may be the reason for your problems. Dirt and grime are sometimes overlooked as a reason for any possible issues and can be the reason for a slow retractor. Another big issue would be if the seat belt retractor is locked.
Dirt and grime on the webbing would need to be cleaned thoroughly. To do so, start by pulling the webbing out completely and clamp the end of the webbing so it does not retract back in. Next, using a cleaner, clean off the dirt or grime. You may need to soak it if the grime is being stubborn. Dry off the webbing completely before retracting it back into the mechanism.
To fix a locked seat belt retractor, pull the webbing out of the seat belt completely and then give it a yank to undo the locked belt. If this does not work for you, take out the retractor out of the vehicle. Then, using a screwdriver you can manually spin the spool. This slowly retracts the seat belt webbing back into the mechanism. Simple as that.
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