One of the simplest and most effective defensive driving techniques to protect yourself as a driver or passenger is to always wear your seat belt. It is well proven thate seat belts save livesand drivers should always try to have them in optimal conditions.
It is very important that seat belts always work to the best of their abilityits proper functioning guarantees greater protection if necessary.
However, like any other vehicle component, seat belts, with time and use, do occasionally wear out or fail.
One of the most common problems related to the seat belt is that it does not retract or that it has been pulled too far and locked.
There are two likely causes of such problems; a twisted seat belt or a malfunctioning retractor. In the event of a malfunction of the seat belt retractor, it is recommended to replace it.
Fortunately, the primary cause of a dropped seat belt or a seat belt that won’t retract is often simply the result of a twisted strap.
That’s why, Here’s how you can fix a twisted seat belt that won’t go back.
1.- Create free game
Begin by unbuckling your seat belt, thus creating slack in the drive belt. Slowly pull the seat belt back, if possible, in an attempt to allow 1 or 2 inches of retraction.
2.- Slowly pull the seat belt
Slowly pull your seat belt outward until it is fully extended. This should eliminate any belt kinks that are present. If you feel any resistance during this step, a twisted belt is likely to blame.
3.- Pay attention to the belt and identify the faults
As you continue to pull the seat belt out, look for signs of twisting in low clearance areas. Pay close attention to the seat belt pillar loop or anywhere the seat belt disappears behind the trim panel.
4.- Remove the panels if necessary
If you experience resistance when pulling out to complete the steps listed above, but were unable to resolve the issue at hand, you may need to remove any trim that covers your seat belt components. This will allow you to physically check for obvious twists or other irregularities.
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