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.
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.