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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Seat Belt

Common Problems Affecting a Ford Explorer Sport Trac Seat Belt

High-speed car crashes are a nightmare for many drivers, and it's not hard to see why. When a car hits a wall at 60 miles an hour, for example, the whole vehicle may come to a stop, but anybody or anything inside will still be moving forward at the same speed, courtesy of inertia. TIt will keep flying off at the same direction until it hits something like the dashboard. Fortunately for us, the invention of the seatbelt has made it possible to go through accidents relatively unscathed. After years of use, though, a number of problems could affect these seatbelts and make them rather ineffective in keeping us safe. To learn more about these problems related to the Ford Explorer Sport Trac seat belt and how to solve them, read on.

Seat belt retracts slowly or gets stuck

If the seatbelt gets stuck at first, it could be because the strap may not have been pulled into the retractor properly, resulting in it being bunched up inside the retractor spool. To fix this, just pull the seat belt strap all the way out of the retractor slowly and then let the seat belt retract, making sure the strap gets in the spool straight. If that fails to solve the problem, you might have a problem with the retractor mechanism. Take out the retractor and spray liberal amounts of penetrating oil inside. This will remove dirt buildup and lubricate the moving components of the mechanism. If the retractor still has difficulty moving, then you will have to disassemble it, so you can inspect it further and clean it thoroughly. Spray every disassembled part with penetrating oil and wipe this clean with a rag; this will usually get most of the stubborn dirt out. If numerous components of the retractor are broken, replace the whole thing instead.

Damaged seat belt straps

Damaged seat belts are usually a product of wear and tear. After years of use, the materials of the seat belt straps may begin to weaken, making them more susceptible to tearing and fraying. There is nothing much you can usually do at this point but to replace it. If your seatbelt strap is newer but seems to be damaged, it could be because it is coming into contact with sharp objects and rough surfaces. Inspect the area around your seatbelt strap and remove any object that could damage it.

  • Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Ford Explorer Sport Trac Seat Belt 27 February 2013

    Seatbelts are among the hallmarks of vehicle safety. The modern three-point safety belt harness ensures that we are strapped securely in our seat and that we will remain so even during a collision. With that in mind, you must always make sure that your seatbelt is in its best working condition. Maintenance isn't such a hard thing to do. A regular inspection and an occasional application of lubricants is that that is usually needed. This will ensure that the seatbelts will function as intended during major car accidents. To learn more about Ford Explorer Sport Trac seat belt maintenance, read on.


    Apply penetrating oil to the seatbelt's retracting mechanisms as soon as it starts having difficulty moving.


    Dirt and grime can get inside the seatbelts retractor mechanism, jamming up the components inside and hampering their movement. As soon as you feel some resistance with the retractor, take out your trusty penetrating oil spray and detach the retractor spool from inside the Explorer. Spraying generous amounts of the fluid in the mechanism is usually enough to remove whatever dirt and grease is stuck inside. For more stubborn dirt, you will need to disassemble the retractor and wipe the dirt off every component with a clean rag; don't forget to spray some more penetrating oil on the mechanism when reassembling it.


    Inspect the seat belt for damage.


    To ensure that your seatbelt will function as needed, you must inspect it for any sign of wear and tear. First, check the seatbelt strap and look for any damage or frayed edges. Make sure that the strap isn't coming into contact with any sharp or rough surfaces. Inspect the seatbelt buckle and latch next. Make sure that both aren't extensively damaged, worn, or warped. Insert the buckle into the latch and try to pull them apart to see if their connection will hold. Lastly, pull the seatbelt out of the retractor and then allow the retractor to pull it back in. Make sure that there isn't anything hampering the seatbelt's movement. Give a sudden tug to the seatbelt as well; the retractor should lock and prevent you from pulling out the seatbelt.


    Replace the seatbelt as needed.


    If a seatbelt is damaged or malfunctioning and if reasonable repairs are impossible to do, replace the whole thing instead. You may scoff at such an expense, but if you really value safety, price shouldn't really be an issue.