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    MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    Hi gents

    Car 1997 P Mk3 Astra 1.4

    Drivers seat belt catch doesn't appear to be working correctly

    The catch doesn't clip into the clasp cleanly it finally clips in if you give it a few smacks, recently it has started popping out whilst driving

    Guessing the best option is to change the seat belt clasp

    Am i right in thinking that this car will have pre tensioners?

    Is it a straight forward job to change the clasp?

    pete

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    Re: MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    Yeh just whip it out

    1 bolt holds it in. Best just check if you have pre tensioners. You probably do

    Should be a sticker telling to you how to handle them, there is a clip to stop the device from going off you can use.

    Just be carefull with it, never bothered using the clip myself

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    Re: MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    I had this problem and solved it by prising off the plastic cover around the clasp, to find a spring had popped out. You may have to break out the plastic to get at it but it's only cosmetic and can be glued back.

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    Re: MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    You will have pre-tensioners, the easiest thing you can do is get a replacement subframe from the scrappy, 4 bolts to remove the seat, the 4 more to remove the subframe from the seat.

    Simples.
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    Re: MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    It will be obvious if you have pre-tensioners, there will be a big cable attached to the socket with a cylinder covered in warning stickers on the other end.

    As Rusty says, easiest thing to do is get a subframe from another Astra and swap them over.

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    Re: MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    It took me 10 minutes and absolutely nothing to replace the spring that had popped out in mine, that's probably all it is.

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    Re: MK3 Astra: Seatbelt issues

    Before you mess about, try a little WD40 in it.

    Sounds silly but the same happened on my old MK3 Astra, a quick squirt to get rid of the grime inside and it was fine ever after.
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