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    Craig in Canada
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    Anyone replaced a seat belt retractor?

    My seat belt retracts kind of weak, especially in the cold. I'm not sure if it's weak overall, or if there's an issue with the two-stage retraction (i.e. doesn't pull as hard when it is buckled).

    From RealOEM it looks like you just replace the entire belt and retractor cartridge for ~$190. Any way to service it or any gotchas?


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    I believe I've seen write up somewhere, it might

    have been here.
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    I think that's different...(more)

    All of the ones I found using text searches there were all about the SRS pre-tensioners (the pyro charges that sharply retract the belts during a collision) and solving various SRS codes.

    My issue is just that the belt is lazy to retract when I take it off every time I leave the car. It's only been a really noticeable problem since this cold season started but it also didn't start suddenly, like a failed electrical part.

    In my case there are no codes or anything.

    Thanks,

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    Never had one of those apart from a bimmer (m)

    However most of the ones I've seen used a spring to recoil the belt.
    Are you sure the grease in yours hasn't just harded up in the cold which may be preventing it from working properly? Maybe a shot of lithium grease would help it.

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    Re: I think that's different...(more)

    I know what you meant. I'm positive I've seen it somewhere because I remember thinking I should save this and I never did. Does Bentley covers any of that?



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    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
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    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
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    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

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    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
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    Craig, I think this is what I've seen before. I

    don't know how much is helpfull in your case. You know the drill, replace xx with mm.
    http://www.bixxerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=258282



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    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
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    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
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    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
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    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

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    Yeah, I wrote that DIY

    in Jan 2008. The NEW seat belt retracts a bit better but not much than the old one.

    I think this is factory design, so you have to learn to throw the buckle onto the seat when getting out, otherwise it can get trapped between the door and body!

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    Re: Yeah, I wrote that DIY

    Well, the first couple of lines of your writeup have pretty much settled THAT for me - don't bother.

    Here's my question though....

    I had no problems before, my wife and I independently noticed it was weak this winter. If the seat belt replacement "cartridge" doesn't include the spring unit - what does? Also, could it actually be a problem with the "comfort function" of the retractor? I'm 99% positive that there's an electrical part involved which lightly clamps the belt and greatly reduces the retraction force as long as the seat belt is buckled (probably uses the buckle sensor which also operates the seat belt light). When you unbuckle this electric thing releases and the belt retracts at full force. I seem to remember even feeling it while wearing it. Hit the release button and you'd feel the belt tighten on your shoulder.

    In my first buzz through realoem I didn't see the parts responsible though.


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    Re: Yeah, I wrote that DIY

    Nope, the whole seat belt assembly comes with the spring.
    Absolutely no electrical control at all.
    As I pointed out, this is factory design, the spring is WEAK.
    Just learn how to live with it LOL!

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    Same problem cropped up this winter for me to

    Mine is a 99 528, I was thinking that dust and crap probably along with the cold temps has temporarily during the winter stiffened up the spring mechanism. Any way to get in there and take a look?

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    BMW Passenger seatbelt does not retract properly

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig in Canada View Post
    My seat belt retracts kind of weak, especially in the cold. I'm not sure if it's weak overall, or if there's an issue with the two-stage retraction (i.e. doesn't pull as hard when it is buckled).

    From RealOEM it looks like you just replace the entire belt and retractor cartridge for ~$190. Any way to service it or any gotchas?
    "My 2001 BMW Roadster Z3 passenger seatbelt has NEVER retracted properly since the purchase of the new car. When I questioned the retraction while the car was still under warranty, I was told by BMW Northwest technicians that I simply did not know how to work the seatbelt. (Which I didn't believe, because I had no problems working the driver's seatbelt, and I don't believe that to retract a seatbelt requires you to hand feed it back.) Since it has been out of warranty I have paid to have it replaced twice, with no better results. This time after paying I checked it while still on site, and I told them that it doesn't retract any better. They replaced it, and again, it still it does not retract any better.

    Wouldn't this be a safety issue for BMW? Would the seatbelt retract properly if there was an accident to protect my passenger?
    Is this problem a known manufacturer's defect?

    Does BMW stand behind their products?
    Curious to know .... also... BMW charged me $480.66 too "fix" the passenger seatbelt."
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    try cleaning belt and plastic guide were belt rolls into . Also spray that black plastic guide with Dupont Teflon spray available at Lowes for about $6
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