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Nissan Xterra Seat Belt

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.

  • Nissan Xterra Seat Belt Maintenance Procedures 27 February 2013

    Seat belts, although they sit well away from any danger, are not indestructible. Most owners of older cars will agree that there will come a time that seat belts will fail. But you should not wait for this to happen before you do something to your seat belt. Just like any other parts of your vehicle, your seat belt requires proper maintenance to work effectively, especially during the time you need it most. Here are tips to maintain your seat belt.


    Clean the seat belts regularly


    You may think that it doesn't make sense to put emphasis on cleaning your seat belt the way you put emphasis on cleaning your vehicle. But there's a good reason for this. Anything that can clog the seat belt latch or can jam the seat belt mechanism is enough to affect how the seat belt works. Make sure that you clean the belt and vacuum the latch and the mechanism so that no foreign object may enter.


    Replace faulty seat belts


    This is a no brainer: you should never keep a faulty seat belt any longer. If there's something wrong with your seat belt, whether it is the belt, the latch or the seat belt mechanism, make sure you repair it right away. If the problem is beyond repair, replace it as soon as possible. This is a high priority as there's no leeway on safety.


    Always check the tension


    The only way that you can detect that there's something wrong with your seat best is by regularly check if the tension is correct. Anything unusual should be a cause of concern, especially if you don't keep the belt clean or if the problem suddenly appears.


    Adjust the height of the straps


    It only takes a second to adjust the height of the straps according to your height so that it will work effectively.


    Check the strap


    Over time, your seat belt becomes kinked, frayed, or brittle. As soon as you see easy signs that it is wearing out, replace the belt as soon as possible. Don't take your chances on a faulty seat belt.