How To Test a Seat Belt
Seat belt not pulling out?
- Received seat belt back and it's stuck?
- Seat belt not retracting?
- Defective seat belt?
- Not pulling out?
How to: Test seat belt good or bad
How to: Get seat belt ohm resistance reading
This will tell you if the sensor is good or bad, that keeps the airbag light on
- Use a multi-meter
- Good seat belt will give you an Ohm reading value between 2 - 3 ohms
Seat belts help save more than 13,000 lives a year and can cut your chance of being injured or killed in an auto accident by half. They are a very important safety measures in your car and ensuring that they function properly is one of the easiest ways to help keep yourself and your passengers safe and protected.
Visually Inspect the Fabric
The seat belt fabric webbing should not be cut, frayed or overly worn in any spots. This fabric is meant to withstand a huge amount of force and a cut or rip may make it snap, leaving you or a rider unprotected.
Pull the seat belt out as much as it can extend to inspect as much of the material as possible. If you see any signs of wear and tear, replace it.
Test the Buckle
The buckle should not be chipped or have any rust on the metal components. It should easily buckle and unbuckle without sticking or having to be forced in. In addition to inspecting the buckle itself, make sure you examine the button you push to release the buckle to make sure it is not damaged. If your seatbelt does not easily buckle and unbuckle, you need to replace the faulty part to fix the issue.
Extend and Retract the Belt
The seat belt webbing should smoothly extend and retract to comfortably fit someone sitting in the seat. It should not fit too snugly across the chest or lap and should allow you to lean forward and recline without it becoming too loose. If your seatbelt does not easily extend and retract, you may need to replace the spool in your retractor mechanism.
Activate the Locking Mechanism
Depending on the make and model of car, your seat belt retractor spool is equipped with a locking mechanism that stops the seat belt from extending when the car suddenly decelerates or the seat belt webbing is suddenly jerked outward. This locking helps stop your body’s forward momentum when you are involved in an accident or need to perform an evasive maneuver to avoid an accident.
If you are unsure of what type of seat belt locking system your car has, try both systems of activating the locking mechanism to ensure that it is functioning correctly. If not, your retractor spool needs to be taken apart and a broken component either fixed or replaced.
We rebuild all seat belt prentensioners and buckles
- Seat belt locked after an accident/collision
- Seat belt not working properly
- Seat belt is cut, torn, ripped
- Seat belt webbing is cut
- Dog chewed up your seat belt
- Airbag light is on
Our services are an alternative to expensive dealership part replacement. Stop buying used or new seat belts and send your original seat belts to us for repair instead. We will restore your damaged seat belts to its original factory condition using OEM parts, meet or exceed the manufacturer specifications, and send it back to you within 24 hours. Our service is 100% guaranteed or your money back.