Your Jeep CJ7's seat belt is an essential safety device that should be used every time you're on the run. Having a stuck or jammed seat belt increases the risk of you getting hurt in case of a road accident. By knowing what could cause damage to your seat belt, you can also learn how to maintain it. Here are some tips on how you can diagnose some seat belt-related problems:
If your seat belt won't travel smoothly from its mechanism, pry open its plastic cover carefully. You can use a screwdriver or a pliers to do so. Pull the seat belt out and check for any tangles or objects jammed in the belt itself or in the mechanism. Look for rusted bolts and replace them with new ones. Clean the insides of the mechanism from dirt and dust. Afterwards, once everything is already untangled, reassemble the plastic seat belt mechanism.
This problem usually occurs after a sudden brake or a close collision. When this happens, you cannot use the seat belts since they are locked. What you can do is remove the plastic cover over the seat belt to access the two mounting bolts at the seat belt mechanism. Remove these bolts and drill a small hole in the plastic cover on each side of the mechanism. You need to spray a generous amount of a penetrating oil or water-displacing spray inside the holes. Try to exercise the seat belt by retracting it carefully. If the seat belt already retracts, you can already reassemble the seat belt mechanism.
The strap of the seat belt is made from a high-quality material called webbing that is designed to withstand enormous force. Over time, it may wear out due to various external factors, such as age and abuse. However, a damaged strap could be very risky, since it won't be able to protect you in the event of a car crash. It should always stay intact to assure you and your passengers' safety. If you have a torn webbing, chances are, you could be ejected from the car as a consequence of your seat belt's failure.