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    2001 TJ.. Factory seat belts... Half the time I close my doors (full hard doors), the darn seat belt gets caught between the post/striker on the door frame and the latch in the door. Seat belts retract normally best I can tell. (What is the real test for proper retraction??) Happens on both sides. Is this normal? A "jeep thing"?? Annoying at the least (belt gets dirty/greasy).. Dangerous at the most because I'm wondering if the belt gets weakened by getting repeatedly caught in the latch. (no visible tears yet). Advice appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrown1 View Post
    2001 TJ.. Factory seat belts... Half the time I close my doors (full hard doors), the darn seat belt gets caught between the post/striker on the door frame and the latch in the door. Seat belts retract normally best I can tell. (What is the real test for proper retraction??) Happens on both sides. Is this normal? A "jeep thing"?? Annoying at the least (belt gets dirty/greasy).. Dangerous at the most because I'm wondering if the belt gets weakened by getting repeatedly caught in the latch. (no visible tears yet). Advice appreciated.
    Happens all the time... I find I have to purposly let the seatbelt retract before closing the door. I don't do it anymore. But when other people get in and out it happens... then I yell.
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    It happens in my Jeep too. I just try to remember to tuck the seat belt behind the door jam. I think this just happens because of how close the seat belt hangs to the edge of the jam.
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    X3. Very common occurance if you're not paying particular attention to it. If you've done this enough to see damage to the webbing, it is probably time to replace the seat belt. At about $70 a pop, that sucks but better to be safe than sorry.

    I was thinking about wrapping a piece of thin leather or ballastic nylon around that section on the belt, kind of like the abrasion sleeve used on synthetic winch line. Maybe this would prolong the life of the seatbelt.
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    Yup, same problem I have, but I like it.
    It ticks me off every time, and when I get ticked off, I go to Home depot, and when I go to Home Depot I go to the tool department, and when I'm at the tool department I buy tools and when I buy tools my wife gets ticked off and when she's ticked off, I get ticked off and well....
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    Thanks to all!! Pretty much confirms "It's a Jeep thing" :-) ==> Canuck4welr, I about busted a gut laughing so hard!

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    Jeep thing: TJ's and YJ's
    I really hate it when it happens to the passenger side. A few times I caught friends trying to slam the door harder to get the door to shut !!!
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    hmm...isn't a seatbelt a lifetime warranty item? and yes by the way, it happens to me all the time.

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    Mine did that all the time too.. .well, still does. When it was under warranty the dealer sprayed a rag with silicone lube and wiped the belt down. Definitely helped some. Now 10 years later it has gotten all frayed. The dealer wanted $210 for the belt and $70 labour to change it. We went down to the wreckers and paid $50 and took 10 minutes to install it. The wife took a piece of leather and a string of leather lashing and put a sleeve over the offending area. Now I am more careful with it. We will see how it lasts.

    As far as it being a lifetime warranty thing, I would assume if you slam it in the door that will be considered your fault. Even though it is a "Jeep Thing".
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJMudpuppy View Post
    hmm...isn't a seatbelt a lifetime warranty item?...
    Huh? Or, do you mean after your life is over.
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    Not anymore when I switched to a three/four point seatbelt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPaulThompson View Post
    Happens all the time....

    My wife yes, my dog maybe, my Jeep never.

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    How 'bout belt loops?
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    Happened to me once, the second day I had the Jeep and stopped back at the dealer. Went inside and the salesman said I should shut my door.
    I know I shut it and when I went back out I realized what happened.
    Since then, I make sure to remove the seatbelt before I even open the door. Hasn't happened since.
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    04, same stupid thing!
    Some engineer should have been slapped....several times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slithering_Joe View Post
    Jeep thing: TJ's and YJ's
    Have the same problem on my CJ too

    Quote Originally Posted by FM117 View Post
    04, same stupid thing!
    Some engineer should have been slapped....several times.
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    My 01 TJ does and my 90 YJ does....the YJ latch really chews up the belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJMudpuppy View Post
    hmm...isn't a seatbelt a lifetime warranty item?
    I had a faulty latch on mine and was completely out of warranty and the dealer replaced the latch. All I said was....."I really hope I dont get into a wreck..."

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    sell the damn thing.. sounds horrid.. how can a belt do that..

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    Mine does it more in the winter, as my coat seems to drag the belt over the latch as I get out. Now, I just sort of tuck the belt back as I remove it, it seems to work pretty well.
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