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Slow seatbelt retractors 13 SEL

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The drivers side seat belt retractor is very sluggish. Takes 3 seconds to fully retract. Is there a way to clean or lubricate the retractor so that it's back to speed?

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Is the belt deformed or twisted in any way?

 

When you say 3 seconds, is that manually fully extended?

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Wont the belt stain my clothes after it is sprayed?

Spray only the first 1/2 that comes fully out and only on the side facing away from your clothes. Worked for me.

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Wont the belt stain my clothes after it is sprayed?

The simple answer is both yes and no. There are different types of silicone lubricants. The oil based types can stain clothing. The dry types are generally safe.

 

If your concerned, first try cleaning your seat belts with Woolite. Getting the dirt and oil out should help the retraction speed.

 

I think the use of a dry silicone will work better (and an easier fix). Could always wipe down the belt after spraying it.

 

Or follow Vega's suggestion of just spraying just the first half of the belt. (Again, there are different types of silicone lubricants. Avoid the oil based).

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Is the belt deformed or twisted in any way?

When you say 3 seconds, is that manually fully extended?

The belt is not twisted or deformed. When I unbuckle it, I have to feed it into the retractor by hand. If I just unbuckle and let it go, I don't think it would retract.

 

I will try the silicon spray.

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