[T3] seat belts

Dave Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Mon Jan 23 17:10:51 PST 2012

As the reel end of the belt doesn't pick up grease and dirt from handling, I
prefer to leave the retract mechanism alone and just pull out the belt
fully.  Maybe it's because I removed the wrong side once - very tedious to
correct that when there's feet of spring all over the place!   You may be
able to lock it by holding it in a certain position - it depends on the
works - but otherwise protect the belt with a bit of card and clamp with a
vise ('Mole') grip or something to stop it retracting.  A bucket of warm
soapy water and rinses works for me too.

UK VW Type 3&4 Club

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[mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org] On Behalf Of Jim Adney
Sent: 23 January 2012 15:06
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Subject: Re: [T3] seat belts

On 23 Jan 2012 at 12:56, alluringeyewear at comcast.net wrote:

> Is there any trick to cleaning retractable seat belts?  I have a '73 
> Fastback with factory retractable seat belts.  What do I use to clean 
> them?

It's best to remove them from the car. You can then wash the belt in a
bucket with laundry or dish detergent. Just rinsing them in water is
actually quite effective. I do them in a bucket: one soapy wash followed by
rinses until the water stops turning black.

Before removing them from the car, note carefully how everything is

The belt can be removed from the winder if you wish, but it's not necessary.
If you do this, remove the large plastic cover but NOT the small one. Pull
the belt out and grab the spindle. Push the belt thru the spindle and
extract the metal pin. Then pull the belt out. Note how everything fits
together, because there will only be one correct way to put it back

Don't let go of the spring loaded spindle. I use a large nail to pin it in
place while I wash the belt. Have this ready BEFORE you start!

Let the belt dry completely before reinstalling.

Prepare to be astonished at the result.  ;-)

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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