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post #1 of 23 Old 09-06-2019, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Seat belt won’t retract

Anybody know how to fix this? I have tried washing the belt as shown in videos I found when I searched for a solution. Did not help.

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post #2 of 23 Old 09-06-2019, 06:22 PM
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Hi HHMM its spring operated .. might have to take off the plastic cover and give it a look might just need some lube. it if was over pulled you might have to give it a start to spring back and they do have a locking mechanizem it might be stuck also.. you should be able to see when you open it up..
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I have pulled the cover and sprayed wd40 in every spot i can find. I also held it underwater and operated it a bunch of times.

It does retract, just really weak.
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Spring may be bad. I remember encountering a website that specialized in seatbelt parts.

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How old is it? When I had a new 1986 CJ-7 it started doing that when it was about six years old. It would go back in if you hand fed it, it just took a little patience. I recently bought a 1985 CJ-7 to replace the 1986 model I sold back in the nineties. My kid bought it in NM back in March for me. After he brought it home he cleaned it up and did a little maintenance on it for the cross country trip to NC. When he told me the belts weren’t retracting I bought new replacements, based on the fact that the OEM belts didn’t retract too good after five or six years. My new ones work great, I’m glad I bought them.
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Mine is a 1980. My seatbelts behave exactly like you describe.

What kind did you buy? Mine attach at the base of the rollbar with a through bolt and nut. The ones I have seen for sale did not look like direct replacements.
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Seatbelt plus.com

Mine are 82-91, but they should have what you need.

Q8291P-1000 1982-91 Jeep Wrangler 3 Pt Retractable Front Seat Belts, Pair $159.95

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Mine is a 1980. My seatbelts behave exactly like you describe.

What kind did you buy? Mine attach at the base of the rollbar with a through bolt and nut. The ones I have seen for sale did not look like direct replacements.
FYI, the sportbar mounted seatbelt setup isn’t stock in a 1980.
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FYI, the sportbar mounted seatbelt setup isn’t stock in a 1980.
Here is a picture of the one in my 1980 CJ7.

Would like to know if any of the replacements available are a direct fit.
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man you have the exact opposite problem as me. LOL Mine lock up just trying to put it on.
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Here is a picture of the one in my 1980 CJ7.

Would like to know if any of the replacements available are a direct fit.
That may(?) be factory seatbelts but I know that neither of my 1980 CJs, a CJ5 and a CJ7, do not have shoulder belts. Likewise, they do not even have the mounting holes for them. It would be pretty easy to weld the mounting bosses into the sport bar though.
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Hey @clarkg , I’ve been doing some research. It is certainly not conclusive but shows that both your situation and mine could both be true.

What I’ve found is that Volvo hired an engineer in 1958 who designed what would eventually become the three point belt system. As early as 1968 it appears that some US automakers were offering three point belts as an option. Here’s where that starts getting fuzzy. I can’t find a solid year that shoulder belts became mandatory, though in the mid 2000’s (2007?) they were required for the center rear passenger seat.

Bottom line is that it appears that sometime by the late 80s most American manufacturers were putting three point belts in as a matter of course though it may not have been by government mandate.

Voila’! We may both be correct.
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Retractable seat belts??? What's that?

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Retractable seat belts??? What's that?
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Spring may be bad. I remember encountering a website that specialized in seatbelt parts.

I doubt that. Maybe complete seatbelt replacements but not parts. OSHA would be all over that. They wouldn't want you tinkering with a seatbelt mechanism only to have it fail in an accident.

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