Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 12:46:30 -0300
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: stuck seat belt on a 1995 Saab 900SE turbo convertible


Salutations: Robert Marshall wrote: > > Hi all, > > I've got a problem that I hope someone can suggest a fix for. > > The driver's seatbelt had always had an issue when I would be parked > on a steep incline. Basically it would lockup and wouldn't allow me > to put the seat belt on until I was on a relatively flat location. > > Yesterday, i went to put my belt on when I was in front of my house > (a completely flat street!). It won't move an inch. I've tried > jiggling it. I've tried the belt after moving the car some. But to no > avail. > > Has anyone else here had this problem? If so, were you able to fix > this yourself, or did it require a trip to the mechanic? > > Best Wishes, > > Robert Hey brother Robert - sounds like your tensioner (the widget that snaps on when you suddenly decelerate) has slipped or broken.. This assumes that the belt itself isn't twisted on the spool and that there aren't any foreign objects in the spool and/or housing (I have little kids - they love secreting things back there - you'd be amazed where you can hide lego in the rear of a SAAB).. As to how to fix it - if you can find a scraper with the same column panel colour at a wrecker - pull the whole panel with belt and replace with used working items (panel - belt and spool). Make sure it works as you don't know if the one at a scraper is any better and you want a working tensioner in case something goes horribly wrong.. I suggest replacement though (new or used) as I've yet to see a seat belt taken apart and and put together again so as to tighten up properly after the fact.. Maybe my bad luck - but that's the facts so far here.. There may well be a way to fix the tensioner (or spring or spool hub) - but unless it's evident (something stuck down there) or someone here has some other ideas - I think replacing the whole banana would be the way to go.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Tractors - Setting the Woods on Fire http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/085.RAM

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