How to Repair Car Seat Belts

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How to Repair Car Seat Belts
When seat belts like this break they can be replaced at home with the right tools and technique. (seat belt receptacle image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Seat belts are the bedrock of automotive passenger safety, and when they break they must be attended to quickly. But the forces at play in a car crash are such that merely repairing a seat belt is a bad idea. A properly functioning seat belt could save a life, and rather than being repaired, seat belts must be replaced altogether to avoid the malfunctioning of any individual part. Seat belt replacement can be done at home with the right tools and technique.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Broken seat belt assembly
  • Replacement seat belt
  • Replacement retractor
  • Replacement buckle
  • Metric socket set
  • Socket driver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the car seat. Remove the bolts at the base of the car seat and remove the seat from the vehicle. This will allow easier access to the seat belt.

  2. 2

    Remove the interior panels that cover the seat belt and retractor.

  3. 3

    Pull back the bolt cover of the bolt attaching the buckle portion of the seat belt to the floor of the vehicle.

  4. 4

    Remove the bolt attaching the buckle portion of the seat belt to the floor of the vehicle with a socket driver.

  5. 5

    Remove the bolt attaching the retractor with a socket driver.

  6. 6

    Use a socket driver to remove the bolt that holds the bracket the seat belt is threaded through.

  7. 7

    Remove the retractor and belt bracket.

  8. 8

    Pull back the cover over the bolt attaching the belt portion of the seat belt.

  9. 9

    Remove the bolt attaching the belt portion of the seat belt to the floor of the vehicle.

  10. 10

    Discard the broken seat belt.

  11. 11

    Bolt the new retractor in place with a socket driver.

  12. 12

    Use a socket driver to bolt in the new bracket the seat belt is threaded through.

  13. 13

    Bolt the belt side of the seat belt to the floor of the vehicle with a socket driver.

  14. 14

    Slide the bolt cover over the bolt that attaches the belt side of the seat belt to the floor of the vehicle.

  15. 15

    Bolt the buckle portion of the seat belt to the bottom of the vehicle with a socket driver.

  16. 16

    Slide the bolt cover over the bolt that attaches the buckle portion of the seat belt to the floor of the vehicle.

  17. 17

    Replace all interior panels that cover the seat belt and retractor.

  18. 18

    Bolt the car seat back onto the floor of the vehicle with a socket driver.

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