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Unread 02-21-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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94 Cherokee Seat Belt Problem

I have had my cherokee for a while and for some reason I just began to notice that the seat belts dont lock... for example when you hit the brakes or when you pull on the strap really hard the seat belt is loose... make me feel like they are pointless to wear. Anyways what do I need to do to make them safe again.

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Unread 02-21-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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I grabbed replacements from the junkyard for my 91. Depending on what you want to do, I'd just replace them, it's usually the same cost/time effort involved.
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Unread 02-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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Mine were doing that, then I realized the plastic around the red release button had slid down, so now when I latch I make sure the Plastic is pulled up and they work great.
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Unread 02-21-2011, 09:27 PM   #4
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I am not sure if I described it right, the belt is buckling in, its just not locking tight under braking conditions like it should. What parts need to be replaced and how hard is it to do?
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Unread 02-24-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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Anyone know what needs to be replaced on this?
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Unread 02-24-2011, 01:10 PM   #6
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So the buckle is staying buckled, but the belt continues to unwind out of the spool when you lean forward really hard, or apply the brakes hard?
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Unread 02-24-2011, 01:10 PM   #7
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seat belt units are non-serviceable.............

You will have to find replacements if you feel they are not working properly.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 01:40 PM   #8
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How are you testing them, with your hand or you actually stopped quick and they didn't lock up? I can't get mine to lock up by hand no matter how hard/quick I pull them. I always assumed it was normal as all 4 of them do it. I lock my Honda belts up just reaching for my wallet.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 01:59 PM   #9
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So the buckle is staying buckled, but the belt continues to unwind out of the spool when you lean forward really hard, or apply the brakes hard?
Correct. The buckle is not the issue. Other side of the belt, just like you said it unwinds when hard braking or when you pull it.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 02:01 PM   #10
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How are you testing them, with your hand or you actually stopped quick and they didn't lock up? I can't get mine to lock up by hand no matter how hard/quick I pull them. I always assumed it was normal as all 4 of them do it. I lock my Honda belts up just reaching for my wallet.
Both. Pulling hard and by braking to a skid (non-abs jeep).

When I pulled the plastic cover off I noticed a wire harness not hooked up to anything right next to it and for the life of me I cannot imagine anything else that it could go to and if the belts are suppose to lock up on heavy braking then there has to be a wire going to the seat belt right?

Ill upload pics shortly.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 02:02 PM   #11
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seat belt units are non-serviceable.............

You will have to find replacements if you feel they are not working properly.
Yea I am thinking junkyard... but I just want to make sure this is not normal first or something stupid like the belt not being connected or something.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 02:12 PM   #12
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Seat belts should be mechanical. I took apart one from a corrolla once and there was a ball bearing that acted as a weight, and if it wasnt pushing down on a lever it would lock the belt. So under heavy braking or in a rollover the ball moves and it locks. The yanking lockup was a centrifical force mechanism on the spool.

It shouldn't be electrical.

For what it is worth I can't get mine to lock up yanking on it, but it locks up on heavy braking.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 03:04 PM   #13
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So there should be something in the belt that makes it lock under braking? I will keep trying, but I cant seem to get it to lock. Good to know there is no electrical hookups on the belt. Could the ball bearing be stuck?
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Unread 02-24-2011, 03:06 PM   #14
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Just remember that I should probably note that a week or so before I noticed the belt not locking it locked up on my and would not get looser until I got in the jeep a while later and noticed that it was fine.

Dont know if that means anything but I thought I would mention it.
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Unread 02-24-2011, 03:12 PM   #15
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Seat belts should be mechanical. I took apart one from a corrolla once and there was a ball bearing that acted as a weight, and if it wasnt pushing down on a lever it would lock the belt. So under heavy braking or in a rollover the ball moves and it locks. The yanking lockup was a centrifical force mechanism on the spool.

It shouldn't be electrical.

For what it is worth I can't get mine to lock up yanking on it, but it locks up on heavy braking.
seat belts are mechanical.

There are two types of seat belts last i knew, One is called the pendulum style but I dont remember what the other is.

Here, read up.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-dr...s/seatbelt.htm
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