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This evening the front passenger seat belt failed to retract. (2001 V70XC) Does anyone have any specific suggestion as to how to go about correcting the problem? Of course, I would prefer not to have to disassemble the trim to fix this, but is there any other way?
 

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Re: Seat Belt Won't Retract (thiggy)

the warranty is 5 years from 'in service' date. if you have an extended warranty it would be covered. we had one replaced last month for our 100 dollar deductable.<p>you can try to pull it out all the way and then let it 'snap back' in. that will sometimes work to retract the belt.<p>other than that, a belt with installation is about 600 bucks.<p>good luck, and remember, it is a safety issue.
 

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$100 + shipping for used seat belt has less then 54,000 miles on the car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Seat Belt Won't Retract (thiggy)

Pull it out all the way<br>While out spray with adry lubricant<br>Work it back and forth a couple of times. See if that helps<br>
 

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Re: Seat Belt Won't Retract (Bittersweet)

Thanks for all your responses. I did not fully explain my problem. The seat belt is extended nearly (but not quite) all the way, and seems to be locked as if when it is pulled quickly, as in a sudden stop. I cannot get it to pull out any more or retract either. It is as if the lock will not release. I hesitate to try to remove the post trim, since there is an inflatable side curtain there. Is the side curtain a hazard? How can the trim be safely removed to inspect the retract assembly? Thanks again.
 

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The side curtain is above the doors, not in the pillar. I'd still disconnect the battery to be safe, but you shouldn't be at risk of setting off any airbags if you pop the pillar trim loose. The only risk I see is if you were to somehow whack the side impact sensor which is there, but you'd have to whack it pretty hard to set it off.<p>I've done it with no issues. It does just unsnap, although you have to take the door sill trim off each door, and loosen the rubber seal around the perimiter. It also hangs up pretty good in the heater duct down below, that is much harder to put together than it is to take apart. <p>If you have to replace the retractor, it's just held on with two bolts and is cake to swap once you have the trim off. You need to disconnect the battery first though because you'll have to unplug the pre-tensioner, which will set off your SRS light.
 

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Re: (LloydDobler) Seat belt won't retract; details of repair.

Today, my adult son and I replaced the driver's seat belt on my 1998 V70. The problem was a very balky retractor that would jam in different positions. We have some skill and tools, but not much experience, really. I agree with everything that LloydDobler says. I can add some lessons learned by two low-skill guys.<p>When I went to the dealer for the part, I printed out a page describing the car, including VIN and date of manufacture. That info seemed to be important for my early 1998 model, as the parts guy initially found contradictory information. He made multiple inquiries and talked to Volvo Cars in New Jersey to verify the part number. He then ordered the part. It was $323.96, or $259.17 after VCOA discount, plus sales tax.<p>The part came in a nice padded box, with an instruction booklet. Yes, the instructions say to remove the negative battery cable. The belt and retractor are a single unit as shipped, so there is no issue of assembling the key parts wrong. It was a challenge to get the trim off. We worked slowly and step-by-step, taking off the little parts at the top, pulling out some weatherstripping, and peeking in the cracks. After that good start, the main mounting of the trim comprises some stout snaps toward the middle, that must be pulled or pried straight outward.<p>The booklet tells the torque for the screws, 2 big and 1 small. The loose end of the belt attaches to the seat itself. You <B>do not</B> need to remove the trim from the seat. The new belt snaps in, and the old one is released by pressing a button. The button is hidden, so you may need a screwdriver, flashlight, etc.<p>The new belt operates smoothly and easily, maybe better than the old one ever did. I hope it stays that way.<p>Jim Worthey
 
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