How to free a stuck seat belt

Your seat belt should work fine, but it sticks in almost every car every now and then. You can find out what you can do then and what tips you can use to avoid getting stuck in the future in this article.

The seat belt is an important protective device for your vehicle and, in addition to the airbag, is the main protection against serious injuries. However, a jammed seat belt is very annoying and is more common, especially in older cars. So that you don’t get the idea of ​​ignoring the seat belt, you should loosen it with these tips.

Silicone spray

If the seat belt in old cars no longer runs properly, it is often due to a lack of lubrication. Therefore, you should pull out your seat belt completely and spray the last part with silicone spray. Then let the belt slide back several times and pull it out again. After just a few runs, it will run smoothly again. Note: There will be no stains on your clothing, but you can easily wipe the belt with a damp cloth for safety.

Tip: Before you spray the belt, you should dust it completely with lukewarm water, a little washing-up liquid and a cloth. In particular, think of the area that is below the redirection. Most of the dust is there, which ensures that your belt is stuck.

Pull the belt vigorously

The belt is rolled up again using a mechanical spring balancer, but from time to time the spring balancer tightens or blocks. Then one half of the belt is loose and the other is tensioned. The problems are particularly evident when the belt is to be rolled up. In this case, you should pull the belt as vigorously and quickly as possible, this releases the tension and the belt no longer sticks.

If you were not able to solve the problem using the tips mentioned above, there will be a misalignment or wear of the lock washer. This ensures that the belt can be easily rolled up and unwound. Since the misalignment cannot be corrected without complete removal, you can only pull out your belt very carefully and let it roll up. This provides the function, but this should not serve as a permanent solution.

Go to workshop

Since these are safety-relevant components, you should always have the repairs carried out in a specialist workshop. Otherwise there is no guarantee that the belt will function properly in dangerous situations. Drive your car to a workshop and describe the problem and the countermeasures you have already taken. Mechanics with sufficient experience can solve the problem quickly and often inexpensively.

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