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Fuse for seat belt motor

I am looking for the fuse/circuit protection for the seat belt sliding cirtuitry on the driver's side of a 1992 Subaru Legacy.

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  • eewheaton May 17, 2009

    Again, no help. I am down to wire chasing and checking color codes on wires to see if the power source is fused somewhere not apparent.
    Is there a check I can do to see if I am getting power to the motor? Eric

  • eewheaton May 18, 2009

    I'll check the fuses again in the fuse block; but since the passenger side works, I am concerned it's not a "central" fuse. While working on a 1990 Nissan 240sz this weekend, I found a central "seatbelt" ECU, similar to the engine box. And, it's a standard type box. I then looked into the book for the Nissan and found, in the wiring diagram, a seat belt control. I then looked in the Subaru wiring diagram and found a "control" (no specific name) box. I'm wondering if the Subaru folks have a brain for the seatbelts also. Know of anything like that?

    Cheers, Eric

  • eewheaton May 18, 2009

    Believe it or not, this is my second junk yard replacement due to that frayed cable trick it's been doing. This second replacement just never worked and when I tried plugging in the "frayed", no movement. That's why I suspected fuse. I do agree, it might be best to disable to the door closed position and not trust it; just didn't want to do that just yet.


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? If the issue was with a 1992 legacy, why on Earth link a 2008 outback manual? Makes no sense.

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Yes very correct that by disable the door closed position will be helpfull in the issue.

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Two fuse boxes that i know of.... one is under the dash board on the drivers side.... and one is in the engine compartment near the battery.... if you don't have luck locating the correct relay i will look it up for you

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    Rohit Asthana May 17, 2009

    Fuse 16 in the passenger compartment fuse panel 20 amp

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    Rohit Asthana May 18, 2009

    I have personally worked on these seat belts several times. The most
    common issue is the cable that controls the seat belt frays, or breaks,
    then the motor that controls the cable will constanty run trying to
    pull it back to the shoulder, or forward when you open the door.

    It's my opinion that the design of the seat belt is flawed, can be
    dangerous, and I consider them to be junk. I do encourage everyone that
    has these seat belts to inspect the cables, lock them in the shoulder
    position, and disconnect the electric motor that controls them. You
    will have to manually strap the shoulder strap every time you enter the
    vehicle, but it's better than chancing a collision with a damaged or
    broken seat belt.

    If the cable has frayed it loses strength, and if it's broken it is
    free to move. If a collision were to happen with a damaged or broken
    seat belt, it could cause serious injury, or even be fatal.

    Also, airbags work with seat belts. If a collision were to occur using
    a damaged or broken seat belt, the airbag may not deploy, or you may
    not be restrained enough to avoid the airbag causing injury.

    You can find good seat belts (and damaged or broken) at salvage yards everywhere, and they are usually $20.00 or less.

    The seat belts are interchangeable for 1991-1996 escorts, even wagons are the exact same unit.

    To inspect the seat belts you need to remove the interior panels right
    behind the front seats, above the front door windows, and the sides of
    the front windshield. As long as the front doors of the vehicle are
    open, and the vehicle is not running, the seat belts should be all the
    way forward.

    If you see fraying, or the seat belt does not come all the way forward, replace it.

    To lock the seat belts in the shoulder position, you need to turn the
    key to the on position, close the doors, and then disconnect the
    negative battery cable. Once the seat belts are locked in the shoulder
    position, disconnect the wire clip to the electric motor that operates
    the seat belts. Once the electric motors have been disconnected, your
    seat belts will be safely locked in the shoulder position. You can then
    re-assemble the interior, and hook up the battery. Your seat belt light
    should go off when you latch it, and your airbags will have the proper
    signal to deploy in the event of a collision.

    If you don't want to disable the seat belt motors, you should replace
    any damaged or broken seat belt to insure your maximum safety.

    I hope this information is useful to you


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I checked the user manual of 1992 Subaru Legacy but I couldn't find the location of the fuse/circuit for the seatbelt. But I provided you the link that wil redirect you to the user manual of your car.

Please check this link and refer to the pages from 1-17 up to 1-26.

This includes the proper usage, maintenance of the seabelt.

Have a great day!

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