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Old 03-29-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Seat belts retraction in a convertible

I just got a 2002 m3 convertible but neither front driver or passenger belts retract when you release them.

Is this an easy repair? Seems like it would only need a spring, and etc?

Any guidance is appreciated

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:05 AM   #2
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After a while the seat belt mechanism becomes slow and / or will not retract when released. This can be avoided by cleaning the upper anchor; as the seatbelt retracts it leaves behind a film of dirt, which builds up over time. Use compressed air to remove dust and then using a Q- tip and some Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) you can clean the seat belt anchor / retracting mechanism. Once clean add some Plexus Plastic Cleaner to provide lubrication.

Maintenance - clean seat belts with a 5:1 P21S® High Performance Total Auto Wash / distilled water solution, ensure they are thoroughly dried before use

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