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Shoulder seat belt works only intermittently

I have a 93 Mazda MX-3 with the automatic retracting shoulder seat belt system. The passenger side works fine, but the driver's side usually stays in the upright position and will not always retract downward along the track when the door is opened, like it is supposed to. It occasionally moves down and back into the upright position so I do not believe it is the cable mechanism. I think it could be a short in the wiring or an intermittent problem with the drive motor. Is there any history with this type of problem and/or any advice to fixing it?

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    1993 mx3 mazda seat belt problem on driver side

  • lagaminas Mar 18, 2009

    I have the Mazda MX-3 1993. with automatic safety belts 
    driving belt and started to hang. I saw that the cable armor worn tread. Is it possible to change the cable?

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Just read online that the seatbelts were recalled that were having that problem

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I got repair the cable. I removed all nylon and put a polyuretane tube. Before put the steel cable in the polyuretane tube, I warmed the polyuretane tube.

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    I got repair the cable. I removed all nylon and put a polyuretane tube. Before put the steel cable in the polyuretane tube, I warmed the polyuretane tube.

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Yes there is a history of problems with this system, one is the limit switches at eacg end of the track and the other is the motors, there is no real fix other than replacing it.

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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