Nissan Xterra Seat Belt Troubleshooting Guide
The Nissan Xterra seat belt, just like in every vehicle, is an essential safety feature. However, there are times that it can get locked, stuck or jammed. If that's the case, you need to do the repair quickly. Here's how to troubleshoot seat belt problems without having to drive to the dealership for repair.
Seat belt fully extended, locked and will not retract
Not only it is illegal to drive a car without wearing a seat belt, you run the risk of major injuries in case of an accident. That is why you need to fix your locked seat belt right away. If the belt does not move at all, there is probably something that causes it to jam in the seat belt mechanism. The belt is probably twisted or tangled from the inside. Use a screwdriver to pry off the plastic cover. Fix if the tangled or twisted belt or remove the object that jams it. Let it roll back to its place and test if it is working properly. Put the cover back on.
Seat belt won't extend
If the belt is jammed and won't extend, release it and try again. Try to pull it gently and find the correct angle where it freely extends. If it is really locked, the belt might be twisted from the inside. However, there are certain cases when seat belts, even with the gentlest of pull, do not extend easily. If this is the case with your vehicle, bring it to the dealership. Repair is free if it is still covered by warranty.
Seat belt buckle won't disengage
It is a good thing that your seat beat is still stuck in the seat. At least you will not be pulled over for not wearing your seat belt. Still, it would be a good idea to buy a replacement. It is probably jammed in the inside and cannot be fixed without disassembling. The effort would not justify it. Seat belt latch is easy and inexpensive to replace.
Note: For any problem you encounter with the seat belt, refer to your vehicle owner's manual for solutions.