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To repair a seat belt that does not retract, the first thing to look for is something that is stuck in the seat belt housing. Sometimes things can fall into this area and jam it up. Also check for a twisted seat belt.

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I have a 2000 Ford Taurus and the driver side seat beat would not retract. I loosen up the trim that covers the seat belt thing and then the seat belt retracted on it;s own. I also adjusted the height of the shoulder harness. so am not sure which one actually fixed it. I am just glad it works because i have to get an inspection sticker and the seat belts have to be working . I live in mass.


A Passive Restraint Control Module (PRCM) generally is usually a electronic component that activates a passive restraint such as air bags or automatic shoulder belts. For example, the PRCM in some models of Mercury Villager activates the front shoulder belt drive. When the ignition switch is turned on and the door is closed the door latch switch closes which signals the PRCM to activate the shoulder belt driver to move the shoulder belt buckle carriage from the front to the rear position. When the door is opened the door latch switch opens which causes the PRCM to activate the shoulder belt drive to move the shoulder belt drive carriage from the rear to the front position. Repair of PRCMs is generally not recommended for many reasons. Most are not repairable, and the consequences of a faulty repair could be fatal. In some cases a PRCM can be replaced by an experienced mechanic or automotive electronics technician with common shop tools.


As I understand it, there is a part of the seatbelt mechanism that works in tandem with the airbags in the event of a crash. It may be very problematic or even dangerous to try to repair this one yourself.



no you will have to use a torque head bit and possibley a impact driver depending on how tight it is.


ELR - Emergency Locking Retractor..Seat Belt Retract you when you face collision.


Lap and shoulder belt combinations in your car are called safety belts


With Seat Belt Issues, don't chance it. If it's not working properly you are best off to just replace it. V-


It keeps the driver/passengers back in their seats, to prevent their heads from hitting the windshield, dash, or steering wheel.


A child is big enough to sit in the vehicle lap and shoulder belt when they can sit with their back against the vehicle seat back with their knees bent over the edge of the vehicle seat without slouching. This is when a child is approximately eight years old and 4'9." If a child cannot sit properly in the vehicle lap and shoulder belt they should use a belt positioning booster seat. The lap belt should lie securely on a child's upper thigh. The shoulder belt should fit snugly across the chest and rest between their neck and shoulder. Lap and shoulder belt are designed for adults and made to ride over the bony areas of the shoulders and hips. With small children, the lap belt tends to ride up into their abdomens and the shoulder belt cuts across their necks. A booster seat positions the lap and shoulder belt properly. Click here for information on the proper use of booster seats. Lap and shoulder belt provide greater protection than a lap belt alone because it provides upper body restraint in addition to lower body restraint. Children large enough for a seat belt should use the vehicle's lap and shoulder belt. If your vehicle has lap only belts in the back seat, you may want to consider having shoulder belts installed by a dealer or repair facility. Most vehicle manufacturers offer retrofit shoulder belt kits for this purpose. The shoulder belt should never be placed behind a child. He/she could be seriously injured in a crash. If the seat belt does not fit properly, a child should use a belt-positioning booster seat. Never place the shoulder belt under a child's arm. Placing the shoulder belt under a child's arm can cause life-threatening injuries in a crash. If the seat belt does not fit properly, a child should use a belt-positioning booster seat.


A seat belt that will not retract in a 1993 Altima might be twisted in the mechanism on the floor of the vehicle. This part of the seat belt mechanism should be taken apart and inspected. If possible, try pulling it out as far as it will go and then see if it will retract.


You don't repair a serpentine belt. You replace the worn or broken belt with a new one.



== == == == In my case, the problem was a twisted seat belt and the twist got back to the retracting mechanism. What I did was the following: * Start where the seat belt is fastened near the floor of the car by the seat. Make sure the belt is not twisted as you rotate the belt around it's fastening bolt. * Now, keeping the belt untwisted, trace it up to the buckle. You know the belt is untwisted from the fastening bolt to the buckle if the buckle naturally points towards to fastening clasp by the center console/parking brake. I would think that it's very unlikely for the seat belt to be twisted from the fastening bolt to the buckle. * Now, trace the belt from the seat buckle to the shoulder harness fixture next to the seat's head rest. It's very likely there will be a twist as you trace this segment. You need to undo the twist be reversing the belt through the shoulder harness. This is hard to do and takes a fair amount of strength in your fingers. I only had one twist. I think it unlikely that there would be more than one, but you never know. * Once your done with that, you will likely have a twist from the shoulder harness down the side of the car to the slot where the seat belt disappears. You need to slowly pull the belt completely out of the slot. Then, at the slot opening, undo the twist that exists there. You will likely have to apply and remove tension on the belt at the slot as you do this. If you're lucky like I was, the twist will suddenly undo itself inside the belt slot and the seat belt will start to retract. Let it do so while guiding the belt to avoid another twist. This whole procedure took me on the order of 15 minutes. As I said above, the hardest part was undoing the twist through the shoulder harness. I didn't think to take pictures as I was doing this, which would have helped to make the above explanations easier to follow. Sorry about that. If your belt is not twisted, then you have a different problem which I don't know the answer to. I hope this helps someone. Jay Smith


This can vary depending on if seat belt use is required by law but rule of thumb is: If the car came equipped with the shoulder belt it must be used.


Pull off the panal that houses the belt and check for twisting or binding.


the automatic shoudler seat belt module (one for driver and one for passenger side) went bad and needs to be replaced. try the junk yard for the cheaper price.



Find the idler tensioner pulley and retract it. You then will be able to easily remove and replace the belt.


You undo the belt strap at the bottom, the shoulder strap (on the same side). Slip into it, then redo-up the belt and shoulder.


The safety belt alert light alerts the driver when the driver or any other passengers in the vehicle do not have their safety belt on when the car is on.


Acura is a brand of Honda, and all their vehicles have lifetime warranties on their safety belts. When the belt fails or needs maintenance Honda dealerships are obliged to repair the safety belt issues.


You can't repair a belt, you need to replace it. Loosen the power steering pump first and remove that belt. Then you can loosen the AC belt at the Idler pulley.


you don't repair the serpentine belt. You buy a new one, they cost about 30 bucks


Most Likely: YES. In Ontario Canada, the website states:"A typical seat belt assembly consists of a lap and shoulder belt. The shoulder belt should be worn closely against the body and over the shoulder and across the chest, never under the arm. The lap belt should be firm against the body and low across the hips."There are limited exceptions, they include medical reasons, a firefighter in a firetruck engaged in their work, even being a person in custody in a police car!Where you live, laws of course, may be different. I encourage you to check with your local police or government website.Defeating the purpose of the shoulder belt can be dangerous, it serves to help keep the driver from hitting the steering wheel or the passenger hitting the dashboard during a collision. Airbags are calibrated expecting a passenger IS shoulder belted in. Slamming into an exploding airbag without a shoulder belt to help slow you down first would probably be a (briefly) painful experience!see: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/seatbelt.shtml



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