Safety Belt Replacement: How to Install your Seat Belt Mounting Hardware
Your seat belt is, hands down, one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Wearing it should be innate and automatic to you and to your passengers to ensure your safety on the road. While your seat belt helps to keep you safe, it is your responsibility to make sure that it is always in good condition. This part is indeed prone to wear and tear due to frequent use and its material. When this part wears out, you need to replace it immediately. When replacing your seat belt, remember that you need to replace the mounting hardware as well. Here's how you can do it on your own.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Clean cloth and mild soap
- Seat belt mounting hardware kit
Step 1: Prepare the seat belt hardware mounting kit. Make sure that it contains all the needed parts such as shoulder bolts, bolts with zinc chromate finish, eyebolts, lock washers, shoulder harness, and underbody reinforcing plates, specialty bolts, and mounting brackets.
Step 2: Inspect the condition of each of your vehicle's seat belts. Check for cuts, frayed or worn webbing. Remove the old seat belts that you want to replace. Clean the area from dirt and debris before you proceed with the installation of your new seat belt.
Step 3: Put a mark in the location of the shoulder belt stud plate in the door jamb area. Make sure to take note of the location of the window crank, and allow enough space for the shoulder belt mount cover to clear the window crank handle.
Step 4: Drill a small hole for the shoulder belt stud plate. Remember to provide a minimal amount of sidewall clearance.
Step 5: Place the shoulder mount stud plate and mark the two small holes for the rivets. Remove the plate and drill the rivet holes. Insert the plate and the rivets to keep the plate in place.
Step 6: Put the retractor below the shoulder belt mount and identify where you can put free operation of the retractor. Mark the carpet location for the mounting bracket hole.
Step 7: Use a blade to cut an X mark in the carpet where the bolt will be installed. This is necessary for you to score the floor pan, and to ensure that you will not hinder the normal flow of the fuel lines, brake lines, and electrical wirings. Install the mounting hardware.
Step 8: Install the mounting anchor by bolting it into the original lap belt mounting hole next to the front seat. Mount the other anchor behind the retractor in a slightly forward manner. It can be adjusted based on your preference.
Step 9: Install the door post fitting over the stud, followed by the buckles. Voila! Your seat belts are now as good as new.
You can finish your installation in an hour or two, depending on your experience with car repairs. Make sure that you double check the tightness of the bolts after the first 100 miles of use. This is to ensure that it will not fail on you while you are driving.