How do I get the seatbelts to zip back up again

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by K.W., Jan 2, 2005.

  1. K.W.

    K.W. Guest

    When my car was new the seatbelts zipped right up when I unbuckled. Now it
    seems like you have to pull them and put effor into making them go back up.
    Anybody have any ideas how to put the pep back in my buckles? Thanks.

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    K.W., Jan 2, 2005
  2. K.W.

    Tom Betz Guest

    I'm gonna presume that, like me, you are a person of girth, and you
    pull your seat belts out a considerable distance. If you are the
    regular driver, and your most frequent passengers are not persons of
    girth, I'll bet that the driver's belt is the only one with this

    Over time and repetition, the return spring weakens. To put the zip
    back, you need to replace the spring. The cheapest way to do that is
    probably to find a junked Saturn of your car's age that once belonged
    to a skinny person and remove the whole belt return mechanism from
    it, for installation in your car.

    The not-cheap way is to have Saturn replace the mechanism with a new

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  3. K.W.

    Biker Geek Guest

    I'm not sure that I'd use a used seatbelt. You don't know what
    stresses it was exposed to. IIRC, some places, selling used
    seatbelts is illegal, but my memory's fuzzy on that one. Check
    your local laws.

    Most car manufacturers, if not all, recommend replacing any seat
    belt that was stressed in a collision. Tap somebody at 10mph,
    it's probably OK, but T-bone somebody at 40 and the belt may have
    stressed to the point where it can no longer be relied upon to
    restrain someone.

    IMO seat belts are like motorcycle helmets. If they've done
    their job once it's time to replace 'em.

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    Biker Geek, Jan 3, 2005
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