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Ford Ranchero Seat Belt

The Reasons behind Some of the Most Common Ford Ranchero Seat Belt Problems

Seat belt-related issues should never be a joke. Once you see the seat belt damaged or once you notice that it's malfunctioning, you must identify the problem right away and fix it. For more information about common Ford Rancher seat belt problems, be sure to read on.

Unlatching

This problem is especially dangerous during any serious accident. To test whether or not your Ranchero seat belt has this problem, insert the latch plate into the latch until you hear an audible click. Try to pull the two apart with as much force as you can. The seat belt shouldn't unlatch, no matter how much force you exert. Usually, the latching mechanism itself may be malfunctioning and should be fixed right away.

Unlatching may also be the result of human error. The clicking sound you hear when putting on your seatbelt does not always mean that the seat belt latch is locked securely. Tug on the seat belt after putting it on to make sure it is locked tight.

Stuck retractor mechanism

If the belt is not spooled back into place, the retractor mechanism must be jammed or broken. If the belt is jammed inside the retractor, tug the belt strap gently and pull out a few inches of it from the retractor. This will allow the belt jam to unravel, freeing up the mechanism. For other issues, you may need to access the retractor itself and open it up to find the problem. When inspecting the retractor, check for any dirt and grime that may have jammed up any of its components. If the mechanism itself has failed, you may need to replace the whole thing.

Seat belt tear

Seat belts are usually made of tough materials, allowing them to take a lot of abuse and ensuring that their structural integrity is intact during a car accident. Unfortunately, the seat belt is vulnerable to wear and tear and even to damage from slight accidents. Once the belt is torn and fraying, you'd be better off replacing the whole seat belt.

  • How to Inspect and Maintain Your Ford Ranchero Seat Belt for a Safer Ride 27 February 2013

    Once your Ford Ranchero stops from 60 mph to zero, the seat belts will be the only thing keeping you from flying out your windshield. Always make sure your seatbelt is in working condition to ensure your safety in case of an accident. Here are some Ford Ranchero seat belt inspection and maintenance tips:


    Clean the seat belts.


    Remove the belt from the retractor before cleaning it; this way, you allow the belt to dry off after you're done. To clean the belt, just wipe it with a rag and a mild detergent solution. Upholstery and carpet cleaners will work just as well.


    Inspect the straps.


    Be aware of the seat belt strap's condition. Make sure that it is not damaged or frayed in any way. Every few months, pull the entire strap from the retractor so that you can check out the entire belt. Even small tears shouldn't be ignored since the inertial forces at work during a car crash can be tremendous, enough to make that tiny tear on your strap give way. Consider replacing the whole strap if you see any damage on it.


    Test out the latching mechanism.


    The connection between the seatbelt latch and latch plate should be sturdy. Unfortunately, malfunctioning latches may release the grip on the plate if too much stress is applied. To test out the integrity of the latches, insert the latch plate into the latch and try to pull them apart. If you manage to separate the two, have the latch inspected and fixed as soon as possible. You may even need to replace it if necessary.


    Check if the retractor is working fine.


    The retractor is what pulls the straps of your seat belt into place. If it gets stuck or refuses to move, the strap of the seat belt may slack when you put it on. A slack in the seatbelt is dangerous since it means that you are not secured properly to your seat. Usually, this is caused by a jam in the retractor. Just open it up and clean it to remove whatever it is that got it stuck. If retractor itself is broken, replace it.