Seat belt malfunction

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  1. volareandgtcat

    volareandgtcat Well-Known Member

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    Hi all ...... as the title says .. my seat belt will not hold at any length .. it just keeps retracting giving me a strangled feeling while driving ... I did a panic stop(only car on the road) to see if they still cinch up and they did .. I'm thinking of getting a clip on at the proper length till I can figure out what to do .. a couple searches came up empty any insights would be grateful .. and as always, thanks in advance.
     
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    My 1980 Volare did the same thing. I swapped the fronts over, side to side. I drive alone.
     
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    volareandgtcat Well-Known Member

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    Same here ... so .. l/s r/s belts are the same part # ? Must be if they can be swapped .. I think I found my fix ... wtg AJ/
     
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    Checked the tags ... they're different part #'s .. AJ/ did you have to modify anything?
     
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    The parts that bolt to the floor are rights and lefts. The rest IIRC was the same. At least same enough to work. That was over 20 years ago,lol
     
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    Many of the newer side (B-pillar) mounted seat belts (4 door cars) are side dependent, mostly because of the button on them that retracts the belt when door is open.
    My ’77 does not have that “door open retract” button on it, and I suspect (not for sure) they might be interchangeable.

    I can’t remember details on 2-door cars to be any help on them.

    Seat belts have a small lead weight dangling down on a plastic stick that is used to make seat belts lock during sudden deceleration. Sometimes those can be repaired, once you have them off and can look at them.

    The seat belt has a stay in place retractor mechanism so, you can pull belt loose a couple of inches, and belt will stay somewhat loose. Those can be fixed in many cases as well, once you have belt off of car. Usually cleaning out old (hard) grease and replacing with fresh grease (not too much!).

    Most seat belt problems can be fixed by most people.
    If you have a broken spring or a cut belt, then there is not much to fix those.

    The hard part is getting seat belt removed, to begin with (than fixing them once removed).
    With a little work, you can make belts switch sides, in many cases (on FMJ cars).


    Note: a lot of the newer seat belts (made from ~2000 and newer), don’t mess with!
    They have an explosive device made into most of them, which will chinch the belt upon an accident. Those auto cinchers are made to cinch 4-6” of belt In a millisecond (they are faster than an air bag going off, which is still faster than you can see pop open).
    BudW
     
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    volareandgtcat Well-Known Member

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    Yeah thanks everyone .. when I took the cover off the pin that holds the belt in place fell and the cam that actuated it was in pieces ... I noticed that the weight was still there to help in sudden stops .. so all is good .. I got a clip to hold it at the right length and am working with that ... to switch belts from r/s to l/s would have the belt exiting to the rear .. I think it's better this way than trying to modify anything, especially with safety in mind.
     
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    Volareandgtcat: Glad you have a 'safer' temporary solution.

    BudW: I'm so glad you are on the forum and have details about how things work!

    AJ: You drive alone, now thats all kinds of sad. Give me your address and I'll send you a plastic Jesus for your dash. I never drive alone.. neither should you.
     
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    F body Deconstructor Jim Well-Known Member

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    F body belts differ coupe to 4 door/wagon and also changed from 76-77 to 78-up.
    76-77 coupe has two retractors (roof and floor) and in 78 the floor retractor went bye bye.
    I have a few sets of 78-80 coupe belts/retractors in a couple colors.
     
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    Thanks JW lol .... F body D Jim .. belt is black for an '80 coupe .. will send a pm soon with details for shipping to Canada (if not, I have a US drop address)
     
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    Jim .. belt arrived and all is good ... went today for pick up and everything looks to be in good order ....... thanks again ! will be installed after this wind storm we're having is over.