Slowly retracting seatbelt...

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Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Postby Warrior » Wed 12 Apr, 2017 00:31

Despite the seatbelt action being exactly the same since I bought zeddie 6 years ago, slow retraction has been mentioned as an advisory on the MOT :rtm:

It is a minor irritant at times so time to sort I guess.

One thing that bemuses me is that the plastic 'button' located a couple of feet along the belt itself, which I think is to stop it retracting into the mechanism completely(?) protrudes slightly from the top on one side and on the underside of the belt on the other. This marries up with an area of stitching being on opposing sides on one belt as well. Could the belt twist on it's own or could it have been removed at some time and put on the wrong way round? Could this be the reason for slow retraction?

If not linked to the above is a new mechanism or just a new spring easy enough to fit myself?
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Re: Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Postby lightning » Wed 12 Apr, 2017 08:14

Try some silicone spray on the belt.

Or clean it with warm soapy water. Sometimes works.
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Re: Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Postby Warrior » Sun 16 Apr, 2017 22:33

Tried the silicone. Very marginal improvement.

Washing seems to be the favoured choice from YouTube posters so will try that next. Cheers
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Re: Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Postby colb » Mon 17 Apr, 2017 08:22

Yes washing with a natural soap soloution worked for me, used soap flakes in hot water. The belts get dirty with grime and oil from hands and this causes problems when they recoil. A good wash and allow to dry will probably sort it.

Pull the belts out to their full extent and jam them so you can wash the entire length, leave extended to dry naturally then let them recoil in.
Pull them in and out a few times to let them settle.
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