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ZX2 Seatbelts

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  1. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Will ZX2 Seatbelts work in my wagon?

    I'm slowly doing a color change to the interior of the car to black and Escorts didn't come with black seatbelts. ZX2's came with charcoal interiors so I'd like to pull those out and use them in the wagon.

    My seatbelts don't retract very well and I found a ZX2 with charcoal belts that retract as they should.

    John
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    97TracerMD FEOA Member

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    If you want your seatbelts to retract better, check out youtube tutorials. My drivers seatbelt was awful. After simply washing it, it works like new! But omgoodness be prepared to see the nastiness of what you had against your body/neck before washing it... otherwise, a seatbelt swap should simply be a matter of a trim panel and a couple bolts.
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    Good to know. Actually, I'm doing a color change in the wagon and I needed belts as close to black as I can. Since black wasn't an option on our models the ZX2's did have a dark charcoal which seems to be as close as I'm going to get without actually replacing the webbing.

    What was the process you used to "wash" the seatbelt? I assume you actually took it apart and cleaned and lubed everything that needed lubing, if lubing is appropriate for the belt mechanism.

    YT links would be helpful for me to drill down to the best instructional.

    John
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    97TracerMD FEOA Member

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    This was what I did first:


    It made a huge difference. I didn't get to soak it as long as I'd like, and I used super cheap detergent, so I'm going to try it one more time. While looking this up for you, I also stumbled across this next video, which I'm going to try after I give it another wash:



    I may have exaggerated when I said "works like new," but the difference was undoubtedly substantial, such that I saved myself from having to bother with some of the more invasive solutions.
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    Thanks! That was both enlightening and informative. Since I'm doing a color change I'll need to remove the the seat belts anyways but now I'll put them through the cleaning process in the video since it'll be easier to clean the entire unit. Would you suggest I submerge the roller unit also or should I open it up and grease certain parts?

    John
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    I'm no expert, but I wouldn't submerge the roller unit just to avoid any rust/mold issues down the road, especially as it doesn't seem necessary with the vast improvements to be found with just cleaning the belt.

    I didn't actually watch this whole video, but this guy dives into the actual winder unit so it may be of use to you:

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    Just thought I'd update. A combination of both cleaning the belts(they were pretty nasty!) and silicone spraying the belts seems to have really returned most of the original operation of the seatbelt.

    I wanted to see if it worked so that when I swap out the belts I could clean the replacement seatbelt to work like new. Doing the first two videos was all that was needed so I'll do that first.

    John
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018

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