How To Fix The Seat Belt Pretensioner? (Solved)

Safety has always been one of the things that you need to prioritize when it comes to your car, and that is why the seat belt is one of the most important safety features of a vehicle.

The law can be very strict about the seat belt, and that is why you need to make sure that your seat belt is working properly. So, if that is the case, what happens if your seat belt pretensioner is damaged?

How do you fix a seat belt pretensioner? 

The only way for you to fix your seat belt pretensioner is to have a trained mechanic fix or reset it. There should be no way for an untrained person who lacks the equipment and the training to fix a seat pretensioner. And if you do indeed attempt to tamper with it, you will end up voiding your warranty.

As tempting as it may be to try to reset or fix your seat belt pretensioner yourself, you shouldn’t be doing something like that.

The fact is that this is a safety feature that should be left to the job of the professionals. That’s because tampering with it will not only void your warranty but may leave you with a seat belt pretensioner that hasn’t been reset or fixed properly. This can become a matter of life and death.

Can a seat belt pretensioner be repaired?

As far as anyone can remember, it has always been one of the most important things about a car to make sure that you are driving safely and that you get to minimize any accidents on the road.

Of course, if you do find yourself in an accident, it is important to make sure that you also minimize the damage that can be done to your person and to the other people who are in the car with you.

That said, the seat belt has long been one of the best safety features of a car, and that is why it is mandated that you always wear your seat belt or else you will end up getting fined if you do get caught not wearing it.

And the worst part is that you may end up getting gravely injured if you attempt to not wear your seat belt and you find yourself in an accident.

Speaking of accidents, there are some instances where, no matter how safely you drive, you cannot avoid a road accident that is the fault of another person.

That said, if this happens to you, you need to make sure that the damage is minimized. The seat belt does a good job at that while it works together with the air bags. However, another safety feature that works together with the seat belt is the seat belt pretensioner.

Basically speaking, the seat belt pretensioner is a system that is built into the seat belt’s safety features.

What it does is that, in the event of a crash or a collision, the seat belt pretensioner will lock the seat belt in place to tighten the seat belt. This mechanism basically prevents the person from jerking forward, which can still end up causing injuries regardless of whether or not the seat belt was worn correctly.

What triggers a seat belt pretensioner?

The way a seat belt pretensioner works is that it uses a small explosive charge that should be strong enough to set off a hidden piston once the sensors of the vehicle have detected that a collision happened.

So, from there, the pistons will drive rapidly around the spool that the strap of the seat belt is wrapped around on.

And then, this will remove any slack from the seat belt to tighten and lock it in place in the event of an accident so that the person does not jerk forward too much and will be placed firmly in a position where the airbag is maximized once it does pop out.

Can you have a seat belt pretensioner repaired?

From that mechanism, one of the things that you will instantly notice is that there is a small explosive charge that should actually “destroy” the seat belt pretensioner or possibly even render it useless.

In that sense, it becomes a one-off thing that will only work once and will never work again because of the very fact that the small charge sets off pistons that will only work once.

Because of how the seat belt pretensioner works, there are those who actually believe that this is a mechanism that can only work once and can never be fixed again.

And, at the very least, there are some who believe that the seat belt pretensioner should be replaced altogether as an entire seat belt system from the dealership itself for you to have a working seat belt system again.

While there is a good reason to believe that the seat belt pretension can never be fixed and should be replaced as a whole, the fact of the matter is that this is an entirely wrong notion. That’s because, yes, the seat belt pretensioner can be fixed or reset so that there is no need for you to purchase an entirely new seat belt from the dealer again.

Regardless of where the seat belt is located, the seat belt pretensioner can be fixed or reset to factory settings so that you can be sure that it will work again in the unfortunate incident that an accident will happen again.

As such, you don’t have to worry about buying an expensive seat belt system as you can just simply have your seat belt pretension fixed or reset.

How to fix the seat belt pretensioner?

Now that you know that you can have a seat belt pretensioner fixed or reset, how do you even fix this mechanism? Is there a way that you yourself can fix the set belt pretensioner so that it will work as if it were new once again?

While it might be true that the seat belt pretensioner can be fixed and restored to its original factory settings, the fact of the matter is that this shouldn’t be something left in the hands of any car owner. What that basically means is that there is no way for you to DIY your way out of this situation so that you can save more money.

In that regard, the best thing you need to do here is to take your car to a mechanic or repair shop that knows how to handle and fix seat belt pretensioners so that they can be restored to their original settings.

This isn’t something that you can do because you don’t have the proper training, tools, and equipment to do so. And that is why this should always be left at the hands of a trained professional instead of trying to save money.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons why you need a professional to fix the seat belt pretensioner instead of trying to DIY your way out of it. 

The first is that this is a safety feature that needs to work properly. Your seat belt is one of the most important safety features of your car, and making sure that it works well without any problems is the most prudent thing to do for any person who wants to be responsible for the safety of his person and that of the other passengers in the car.

So, if you tried to do this yourself even though you don’t have the training or the tools to do so, you might end up doing a bad job, which would lead to your seat belt not working properly.

Meanwhile, the second reason why you shouldn’t be tampering with your seat belt pretensioner to try to fix or reset it yourself is that you may end up voiding the warranty.

So, if you void the warranty, the dealer might not service it for free anymore. As such, it is best to leave the job up to the trained professionals.

Are seat belt pretensioners required?

Unlike the seat belt itself, the seat belt pretensioner hasn’t been around for a very long time and has only been around for less than two decades. Nevertheless, despite how comparatively young this technology is, it has proven to be very effective.

Seat belt pretensioners have been very effective at reducing injuries caused by accidents and collisions because of the fact that they reduce the chances of a person getting shot more forward than he should be during a crash.

Such an incident often happens during a serious collision or when the person wore a loose seat belt. As such, by locking the mechanism in place, the seat belt pretensioner would be able to shoot the person towards the air bag at the most optimal angle.

As effective as seat belt pretensioners may be at reducing damages caused by collisions, they are not required by the law. The only requirement set by the law is the wearing of seat belts.

So, if you do have seat belt pretensioners in your car, you should be able to maximize the seat belt’s safety system. And if you don’t have seat belt pretensioners, don’t worry because your seat belts are proven to be more than safe enough already.

Sources

TheCarSeatLady.com: Pretensioners and force limiters

MyAirbags.com: What is a seat belt pretensioner

MyAirbags.com: Seat belt repair

SafetyRestore.com: Can seat belt pretensioners be rest?