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Old 03-21-2002, 04:36 AM   #1
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Question Retractable Seatbelt Stuck.

Shoot.. my retractable seatbelt on the driver side is stuck.. when I open and close my door, I can hear some sounds attempting to move it, but no movement. I have a replacement from the L, but does anyone know what's up with it? Any similar experience? BTW: 91 Legacy Sport Sedan with a black eye.
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Forgot to mention that it's currently stuck more then half way from it's resting/driving point. Please help!
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Old 03-21-2002, 06:06 PM   #2
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Sounds like it's time for a new retractor, that one is shot. Start looking at your local parts yard, new ones are over $200. If you don't have any luck, I just pulled one out of my rally car (90 Legacy) that is in good working condition.

Don't think your car is the only this happened to, it's a common problem on 90-94 cars...
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Old 03-22-2002, 03:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for replying and for the offer. I have one from a L I'm parting out.. So I'll just grab that one.. DO you happen to know the process of installing a new one?
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Old 03-22-2002, 07:38 AM   #4
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Hmm i always thought safety restraints (seatbelts, airbags) are always garanteed for lifetime of vehicle because it involves safey. Or i read that somewhere. I guess i'm wrong.
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Shouldn't Subaru replace it for free?
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It would sure be nice if anything "safety related" got replaced for free for the lifetime of the car, quick answer, NO...

The warranty is good for 3/36 bumper to bumper, 5/60 drivetrain powertrain.
Even if you had a 100K warranty, most early 90s cars I see have upwards of 120K .

Subaru would go bankrupt if it had to replace all of the screwed up early 90s Legacy (and loyale) seatbelts at $250 each. It was a major design flaw (way to cheapen insurance before airbags) , that's why anything 95 and newer has plain old seat belts.

To change it, CAREFULLY pull the plastic on the B pillar, along the headliner, and going to the A pillar (along windshield). All of the "guts" to the retractor should be exposed. Unplug all plugs going into the unit. All of the bolts are 10mm . After you remove all of the bolts it should come right out. For install, do reverse of removal... Next time I'll give you my 900 #...

Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-22-2002, 09:35 PM   #7
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outback2.5HO, Awesome.. thanks a lot.. I'll get started on it RIght away.
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