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Old 01-29-2008, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Seat Belt Slow To Retract

I'm having a small problem with the truck listed in my sig. with regards to the driver's side seat belt retraction system. Being as I have the extended cab, I have the retractor system located inside the seat. The system works fine when I'm putting the seat belt on and provides holding when needed (bumpy terrain, hard braking, etc.), but when I take it off, it just doesn't care about going back in. There seems to be a little tension...enough to "try" and pull it back in, but I always have to help it until the belt is all the way back in. It's almost like the spring went weak overnight.

I took off the plastic cover on the top of the seat (just behind the left shoulder of the driver), and that's when I found out that the actuall spool seems to be located lower in the seat. I cannot find a way to get in there to see what happened, but I'm hard-pressed to believe that I'd have to buy a new seat to get the seat belt to work. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to restore the functionality of the seat belt?

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Me too, curious to see a fix.
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My pillar mounted belt is the same way!
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I too have this problem!

I'm starting to wonder if we all have this issue and we are all waiting for someone else to fix it first! Oh well. It's too cold outside for me to tear into my seat. Sorry.
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YA, I've got the same problem with my 2001 PSD F250. Wonder if this is a safety problem that should be taken care of with a recall. How do you contact National Safety board?
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I say we all just show up at Mr. Ford's front door with our arms crossed and tapping our feet.
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Ive got a few vehicles including my 2002 F250 that does the same thing. Im kind of scared to fix them though to tell you the truth.
Reason being that you cant tell you have the seat belt on once they get lazy about retracting. Im afraid if I "fix" it back to retracting good it would anoy me by pulling to much while driving. Course I dont know what the truck was like new so I dont know if it was bad about pulling to much. My 98 gmc I traded in on the F250 was anoying and I had ended up adding one of those clips to the seat belt to keep it from pulling on my neck while driving.
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The 'fix' for this from Ford is to attach 2 felt lined stcikers to the d-ring of the belt. It is supposed to reduce the friction. We have seen some work, others don't
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I got the same problem as well with my 05 crew cab. I was thinking it was more of a twisting thing getting hung up but its definitely seems to be a week retract spring or something. Gotta give it a little help to retract back all the way. Least it doesn't hang out enough to get stuck in the door, then I would start to get really annoyed.
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I guess maybe that I use the driver's side more than the passenger's side is one reason why the driver's side is weak. The passenger's side works like new. When I get around to it and if no one has replied yet for a fix by taking apart the seat and finding the cause, I'll see what I can find out and post my findings.

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A check of the Warranty guide for my 2005 states that the safety restraints (seat belts) have a 5 year/ 50,000 mile warranty.

This may be of help to those of you who have newer trucks............
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A check of the Warranty guide for my 2005 states that the safety restraints (seat belts) have a 5 year/ 50,000 mile warranty.

This may be of help to those of you who have newer trucks............
You would think a lifetime warranty on safety restraints,since a lawsuit for faulty equipment would be very easy to ensue.
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I was thinking about this today. Remembering what someone mentioned that the retractor is actually in the bottom of the seat, and looking at the hinge mech. in the seat, it's really dirty in there. Spending as much time as I do in the driver's seat with the belt retracted, if all that dust and dirt gets into the spring causing too much friction between the layers of the spring. Thus, poor retraction. I think all it would need is a good cleaning and re-lubing.

... If we could get to the mechanism.
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...If we could get to the mechanism.
Yea, I'm gonna try and get to the mechanism, but that may prove troublesome in itself. I also thought about the dirt and that is a possibility on my truck.

I sure wish a techincian or anyone that has tackled this type of job before could chime in and give some tips/tricks on getting to this sucker. Knowing me, I'll have the whole seat out before I get it fixed! Oh well....

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On mine the retractor is in the seat back. I've had the seat apart twice and cannot determine a fix for the slow retraction. The retractor itself has more than enough pull, and there are no obstructions or any wear in the plastic guide at the top of the seat. Everything looks like it should be good to go.
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