Seat Belts

Submitted: Friday, May 30, 2008 at 08:08
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I don't know if this question has been asked before but does anyone know how to increase the tension on inertia reel seatbelts?
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 08:20

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 08:20
AFAIK You're not supposed to touch them. But if you search the web, you'll come up with an article on how to do it.
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 09:13

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 09:13
Why would you want to increase the tension on inertia reel seat belts? Such devices are assembled and set when manufactured. If you are of the opinion that they are not working adequately then you should do one of two things (1) have them checked by a competent and reliable source (2) replace them with new ones (it is illegal to use second hand seat belts in vehicles registered and used for road travel.
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 10:50

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 10:50
Maybe because they don't retract properly anymore and they get stuck in the door...

I had them replace the drivers side one in my ute when I bought it as it was still under factory warranty, and didn't retract properly at 50,000km.

I'm assuming this relates to the tension retracting the belt when you take it off rather than the acceleration level required to activate the inertia reel in an accident.

Dave
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Follow Up By: blown4by - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 18:56

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 18:56
The recoil spring in the retractor mechanism looses its tension with age and heavy usage and it is illegal to use them if they fail to retract correctly. Also with age and dirt, grime, salt, etc the webbing gets stiff and will not roll around the retractor as it should and often a good wash will fix this by softening up the webbing when it is clean. It is NOT illegal to use second hand seat belts provided they are in serviceable condition and have not been subjected to an accident nor is it illegal to re-web them or have the mechainical components repaired by some one competent in that field. There are authorised seat belt repairers in the market place.
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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 19:37

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 19:37
Agreed, it is not illegal to use secondhand belt that are in serviceable condition. The serial tags also need to be intact.
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Reply By: Louie the fly - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 18:05

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 18:05
I had this problem in a car years ago. I removed the plastic cover and blew it out with compressed air and sprayed a bit of graphite into the mechanism. They were filled with fluff. Worked like new after that.
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