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Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Zippy, Dec 3, 2016.
Has anyone got any tips on making seat belts retract properly?
search on here for previous discussions. Basic things are replace guides with less restrictive ones, also some have tried coating the belts with (I think) silicone. I also find moving the seat forward an inch will help.
The optional polished steel belt guides offered by Daihatsu make a difference - because they hold the seat belt higher up nearer the exit point behind the seat. We have these on our Copens and they are a vast improvement over the standard black belt guides. I don't think there is a better solution because of the severe angles that the belt travels around behind the seats but these guides reduce one of the angles and help a lot.
Not easy to find now, but this dealer still has some...
Belt guidance | Online-Shop Kiessetz & Schmidt GmbH
two things that worked with my car;
1) put some degreasing agent on the belt and rol it several times while rubbing it with a cloth. Afterwards put some silicon dashboard spray on the belt, it will slide better.
2) buy two spoons and mount them like on the pictures, it resolves the friction problem of the leather.
I believe these are cheap sollutions....
Zippy, try this which does work. The seat belts over time go stiff due to dirt, sweat etc so don't retract as well. Get some Furniture spray such as Mr Sheen and spray it on the seat belt and a cloth and pull the belt out and wipe it generously all over the belt both sides a number of times. That's it! Let me know how you get on.
Thanks for the replies will try them out at the weekend
Those look good, thanks for link
Awesome!! Let me try~ Thanks
Two more options:
Possible fix for Seat belt Guide retraction
or take a look at the PDF attached, it's in German but you might get the idea by looking at the pics (basically it describes sanding the seatbelt top guide and enlarging the seatbelt-outlet of the plastic panel).
I got to box lanes, got under way and I naciaglem spring (in some cars it helps), but no effects (Tylk shortens the belt) so poszerzzylem through-hole on the belt in the plastic seat and it's ok, I greet
Soc is on the right track with this. The main culprit is dirt and sweat ingrained into the belt. To fix this, pull the belt all the way out, put some sort of clamp on it so it can't retract. Make a bowl of very hot water with Morning Fresh or some good quality dishwashing detergent. Soak the belt from top to buckle, rub with terrycloth washer or towel. Repeat once or twice, or until the water stays clear. Allow to dry in the sun. Belt will now retract much better. You'll be surprised at how filthy the water gets. After this, you can try the Mr. Sheen if you like, but there's a possibility it could go gummy over time. Best thing is just a clean belt.