Seat belt stuck

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by bridget, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. bridget

    bridget Well-Known Member

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    My seatbelt that automatically moves into place when I start the car is stuck halfway but keeps 'clicking' like it is trying to get in proper position. Car is a ford escort, does anyone have any idea what I can do to fix it?
     
  2. Cosmic

    Cosmic Well-Known Member

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    Most of these involve a cable that is moved by a small motor. Sometimes the cable is worn or the gizmo binds up in its track. Usually have to take off the covers to see exactly what is going on and fix it.

    Depending on the age of the car, may be able to get it fixed under warranty. Some cars, the selt belts are covered for the life of the car. Also want to check for any recalls. Some cars might have defects as built and the auto seat belts are failing. Those recalls should be good for the life of the car, no matter who owns it.

    So first see if a dealer should fix it for free. Second if not can go in and troubleshoot why the latch head is not moving to the proper position. Also ensure the door is fully shut and that limit switch is properly picked up.

    Sounds like it is bound up and stuck. The latch head should reverse and go into the fully retracted position if the motor and cable are still intact in most cases.