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I have a 1998 dodge grand caravan. When I pull on the belt really hard, it dosent lock up like my dodge ram truck dose. Is this normal for them not to lock up. I was told that they only lock up when you apply the brakes. Could you please let me know how they are suppose to lock up, Thanks Family with two boys and a baby on the way,, Bruce bgoulding@shaw.ca

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  • bgoulding811 Jun 23, 2009

    I am having trouble with all the seatbelts

  • bgoulding811 Jun 27, 2009

    Thanks for all the answers, it seams to be a 50/50 spilt on how they work. I will take it in and get them checked,, THANKS everyone

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If you are referring to the shoulderbelt as far as I am aware these vehicles are equipped with seat belt assemblies that have a feature that converts the retractor from an Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) to an Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR). The belts convert to the ALR mode after the webbing has been fully withdrawn from the retractor. The system is designed so that as the belt is released into the retractor, the system remains in the ALR mode so that a Child Restraint System (CRS) can be tightly secured. This feature therefore is used to accommodate child restraints etc......

In effect when the belt is in ALR mode it will only lock in the event of a crash or episode of sudden heavy braking. However given the importance of these restraints if you have any concerns whatsoever about their effectiveness I would strongly urge you to have them checked over by the dealership.





Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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    Yes this solution applies to all seatbelts. They all operate under the same dual ELR/ALR mechanism.

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    Radio Code Pro Jun 27, 2009

    Can you clarify exactly what it is you want to know as I see this question has been returned for more answers? The mechanism of the locking system on these belts has already been described in my previous answer.



    As a further clarification I can offer this. There are two mechanisms at work with this system.



    1) ELR - this mode should result in the belt locking when you pull sharply on it. The belt will be only partially withdrawn from the retractor when it is in this mode.



    2)ALR - the belt enters this mode when it is fully withdrawn from the retractor. As the belt returns into the retractor it remains in ALR mode and will not lock if you pull sharply on it. It will only lock under conditions of severe braking or sudden impact.



    As I have already stated - if you have concerns about how safely these belts are operating it is vital that you have them checked at a dealership. This is not the correct environment to discuss safety issues or concerns like this. However if your question is related to how the mechanism operates I hope this has now been answered.



    If I am missing something in your request please feel free to post a comment to clarify your question so that I can further address it.

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Yes this is normal, sometimes it will depend on ether how fast our going or how hard you hit the break. My Ford Pacearrow wouldn't lock unless i was going at least 25 mph

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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    Try this get in your van get it up to 25 or faster hit the breaks and see if it holds you in place, if it doesn't then it may well be the looking mech. is failling.

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The seat belts use motion to lock up the belts. Normally there is a cam mechanism that moves forward when the brakes are applied, and causes the belt to lock. If it does not lock up when you stop quickly, the cam may be frozen. YOu can take it apart and spray them with a cleaner to free them up

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Hello Mr. Bgouldin811 i afraid dat some 1 has told u that the seat belts locks only when you apply breaks... which is very incorrect. the inoperative of your seat belt can have a bad consiquenses for you and your family so please follow my sugession asap
firstly your problem is that the TRIM material in the lock has gone bad or it has gone loose and has drop into Rear outboard seat belt assembly. which is causing this pronlem. now i could suggest you to visit the company dealer hope the should provide you with moth materials and advices. Please do replace the TRIM with the foam blocls and inspect and replace all 3rd row seat assembles. this will surely serve your problem... also for further details you can also contact rhe National High way safty hotline in your locality the provide assistance... please dont take the lock failure as granted... get serious and replace it... have a SAFE RIDE...... cheers!!!

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Its the standard for that Dodge Caravan Cars , but you change it. Many cars belt are lock up when the car bump to something hard and also when the car travel in a rap road the belt also will lock up. So you can all the belts, use the same as the standard one. But have try to pull it instantly hard? if it lock then it will be okay.

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Your safety belts have a device that will engage during any sudden braking and/or braking firmly.

To test your safety belts accelerate the vehicle slowly to 10 mph and apply the brake firmly.
Verify that the seat belt locks when braking firmly.
If the belt does not lock, you will need to repair

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There is a pendulum hanging inside of the seatbelt mechanism. When the vehicle comes to a fast enough stop, it will swing forward and lock the seatbelt. Some cars have a feature where the belts will lock when the brakes are applied, but as long as the vehicle is coming to a fast enough stop, it should lock up. You can test this by finding a place where you can apply the brakes fast and see if they lock up.

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Your seat belts use what is called an inertia lock, this means that when u decelerate rapidly like braking the seat belts lock up, if they don't do that they are defective and must be replaced, no company fixes seat belts, if we get it wrong someone may die or be seriously injured, so new belts belts only are used.

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They take alot of force to lock up, i have a 97 caravan and yes you almost have to lock up the brakes to get them to stop.But i would have the ratcheting mechanisms checked just to be safe and sure.Have a great day :D

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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    what about my answer did you not like?

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    RATCHETING MECHANISMS IN THE SEAT BELT HOUSING .

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All seatbelts are designed to lock up when the car goes on rough ground and gets shaked around too hard and yes they also lock up if you slam the brakes on.

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Try a quick **** with you foot on the brake with the key in the on position. some use the inertia of the vehicle so it needs the force of the vehicle stopping quicky to engage the lock up. have a look through the owners manual it should have a section explaining the design of your vehicles seat belt system.

also if you intend to install a baby seat, you have to pull the seat belt all the way out. this will allow the belt to rachet in but not pull out (until it's fully retracted).

hope I answered you problem. let me know if you have further questions.

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The seat belts will lock up but it takes a very fast **** to set them, while sitting in the seat and belt fastened give it a very quick **** and it should lock up. the newer models lock up als o only it someoen is seated in them. Some modles have a sensor in the seat for the seat belt and air bag.

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Well no it is not the case that they only get lock when you apply breaks I would recommend you to first get them fix before taking family to long route plz .. this real important for you and family... thank you for consulting such point on fixya.com

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Yes its not supposed to lock up immediately for maintaining passenger comfort. However, sharp braking or a collision will lock it automatically to prevent damage to the person sitting on that seat. It is not advisable to lock them every time you go for a drive, because to open the lock means a new one has to be fitted to replace it.............................................................sodeep

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They will lock when you hit the brakes, they are designed to lock with any quick forward movement. you should be able to pull them out slowly,but lock with a quick **** on the belt.

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The best way to check your belt is to have an assistant pull on the belt while you are braking from just about any speed

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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    seat belts can lock when pulled sharply, but the are designed with a mechanical brake that should only lock during rapid changes in direction

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The seat belt locks work on a rapid change in movement. quick sharp jercks will simulate a hard braking condition only if it has been partially pulled out, stop then pull hard again.
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Go to the car part store and order a new belt for it and have someone put it on for you. thats should solve it
or
take a bar of soap and carfully appliy it to the belt while the car is running. if the noise stops you may just need a new belt. as for idleing, that is not related to your belt
You may need to check further.
Pulleys and the tensioner first
if the tensioner is good than more than likely a bearing in one of the accessories(power steering, altenator, water pump, ac compressor etc.)is worn causing a wobble, throwing the belt off.

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A good seat belt should lock whenever you give it a hard pull and if your one does not then there is a lock mechanism consisting of springs and other tiny bits which is faulty..My advise is not to repair it but rather go and buy a second hand from a car scrap yard.Test it before buying and changing them is very simple if you have the right tools.Hope this helps and remember safety is very important here and I would strongly suggest you replace them.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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    Again I would strongly suggest to change them if they don't lock on a hard pull,it's for your own safety.

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Hi,

It does have this problem!!!!!


No automatic locking seatbelts for car seats (need locking clip), hard on your self-image.

The experience you had regarding seats on 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan, that's the only loophole in that car.


There is nothing you or we as an individual or group can do.


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Try applying brakes and pull on the seat belt. You can also try it on a steep down hill slope. Most belts will not lock until the vehicle decelerates quickly anyway.

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Hi,

This may be true to even the new Caravans. This vehicle does not have seatbelt that lock when retracted. They have lightweight locking latch plates. They lock at the latchplates when buckled.


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They are set up to lock when a sudden movement or accident may want to have dealer check out to make extra sure it is safe to clear your conscience they shouldnt charge for that issue!!!Best of Luck to You!!!!

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Ok, there are two ways for the belts to lock up. The front ones will not lock as a safety issue. The rear however will lock up if a: you slam on the brakes, and b:if you pull the belt out all of the way, this engages the ratchet system for the car seat. It will unlock again once let back in far enough. The front two will only lock up when the brake is applied hard and fast.

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Not all of them are the same. The belt is designed this way. So there is no way they would all fail the same. Yes it has to do with the application of the brakes/braking. I would not be concerned with this at all. The belt will do what it needs to do. If you still have any questions please let me know. Also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
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The belts in your '98 caravan are equipped with REAR inertia belts.

The front ones are locked by the brake pedal as you were told... but it's not as simple as a switch from the brake. There has to be a combination of factors involved for the seatbelts to lock.
Brakes applied, inertia or bumper limit switch activated, and a moving transmission.
I believe 2 of the 3 must be engaged for the seatbelts to lock on the front.

They are working properly.

Pickups have 100% inertia belts until about 2000ish.

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There is a cam in the seat belt rolling mechanism most of them will lock if you **** on them butsome dont. when you apply the breaks to slow down the inertia changes and the cam falls forward and allows it to lock if it needs to.

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They should lock up, but only with a good amount of force. And that it gets tighter and tighter sounds like your seat belts have a pretension in them. If you pull it very quickly it should lock.
If you still face issue don't wait for any thing get it checked at the service center.

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Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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    If you pull it very quickly it should lock. If you still face issue don't wait for any thing get it checked at the service center.



    Thanks

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Which belt are you referring too that way i can point you in the right direction.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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    If the seat belts do not lock up when you pull on them suddenly then the mechanism in the side of the car is broken and needs to be replaced. You can get to this mechanism by simply just removing the trim and then unbilting the assembly. Once you have done this then you can bolt in a new one and then put your trim back on. A replacement will run you around 80 to 100 dollars.

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These are operated by a manual inertia switch. If you park it with the car on an incline and try the same thing and don't get a different effect you have reason to worry, but I'm quite sure this test will ease your mind. Let me know. dc

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Its a 5-point seat belt system for integrated child safety seats offers simpler buckling and belt removal.
That vehicle has 'locking latchplates'...so it's kind of like alapbelt, it holds that part tight at the buckle, but the shoulderbeltalways is loose. (the manual will have a carseat installation section,too I have a 1998 dodge - smile.gif )

I had this exact van for many years. Ican say I am 150% certain that this vehicle does NOT have seatbeltsthat lock when retracted. They have lightweight locking latchplates,they lock at the latchplate when buckled.

I never had a problem. In fact, the GC was the easiest car I've everinstalled a seat in. And I've installed many seats. All I did was pullthe seatbelt all the way out, thread it through the seat, buckle it in.Then, with one knee in the seat, pulling by the buckle, I pull all theslack out and it's in rock solid.

Also, the GC LATCH is rated to 48lbs, so you can use the LATCH if you prefer. But there is nothing wrong with the seatbelts.
the shoulderbelt will lock up in a crash...it's called anELR...Emergency Locking Retractor. (the ones you are used to are'switchable retractors'...they are ELR when you are just sitting inthem, but pulling them all the way out switches them to ALR...AutomaticLocking Retractors, which just always keep getting tighter andtighter...very few belts are ALR without being switchable...usually inlapbelts in cars from the early 90's and older).


if u feel i ve been of help .... kindly rate my service..... if ur still skeptic just call in on a repairshop... coz thats what i wud do....my solutions are based on what u told me.. i havent seen the belts myself... its always good to have a opinion from a person who is able to see it... iam saying this because it involves ur childrens safety.....
good luck

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In the all cars that Ive been in, the seatbelts have always stoped / locked up when pulled with a sudden force. I beleave thats how they always work, if you panic and crash, you might not have the time to press on brakes and in that case that would be a pretty sily protection. I personally think that they should lock up when pulled, ask your dealer to make sure, but it seem pretty bad idea to have them only lock up when you aply the brakes, have you tried applying the brakes and seeing if they lock up?

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You where correctly informed. In most Daimler Chrysler vehicles the belts do not lock until the brakes are applied in a forceful way. A **** should also actuate them but it will be a very large force. Think of this, When you pull the belt you may produce around 50 to 200 pounds of force. If a car moving 30 mph comes to an abrupt stop then the body will leave the seat at a rate of 30 mph. The force of a 150 pound person will produce roughly 600 to 900 pounds of pressure. That is when the lock will grab. I hope this eases your mind about taking the kids out. However Without seeing the car I, nor any other expert, can feasibly tell you that the vehicle is safe or not. Please take it to a dealer near you to have the restraint system inspected.

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    I still stick with my original answer. If anyone that cannot see your car tells you without a doubt that it is safe then They do not deserve to be here. If you truly want to feel better about your situation then take it to someone that you trust and let them physically look at the restraint system. Good day.

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HI. This particular model has what you would call an emergency lock mechanism. this will occur during a hard braking situation. The manufacture received many complaints about the old system, due to surveys and customer dialog. What you are experiencing in your Grand caravan, is quite normal. This is not a malfunction.

The old system or, what you are referring to in your Ram, uses a different mechanism that relies on measured force. if you pull on the older belts, they will lock, due to the measured force mechanism.

There are some 2000 and up models that will have the measured force mechanism and, some will not. most caravans will have the emergency lock mech, which locks upon a hard braking situation.

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My wife has a 1998 dodge grand caravan as well. I just checked it, and a nice sharp pull on the belt locks the seatbelt. Took me a few times to get the proper force, but it definitely locked up.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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    FYI - I spoke with my mechanic, and he stated that the seatbelts should definately lock, and although you may not be able to activate them by hand, they should still lock given the proper sharp forward momentum. If in doubt, please go to your dealer's service department and confirm with them.



    He also clarified the "only lock during braking" statement, stating that that would be very bad...(think about rear-ending someone and not having a chance to put on your brakes before impact.)



    I can activate mine, but not 100% of the time, seems to take a really quick, violent pull to make them lock, but they do lock.



    I think that in order to ease your mind, you should definately run it to your service center, I doubt that they will charge you anything to answer your question to your satisfaction. My guy also stated that (at least at this dealership), if none of your seatbelts worked properly, they would replace for free, as this is a major safety concern.



    Hope this helps!

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I've never seen a seat belt that would only lock once you press the break. What if the car suddenly collide with another car and you missed to hit the break due to shock?

Most seat belts would lock up when you pull on the belt hard.

Dear friend, for the safety of your family, I would suggest for you to contact the reseller or the car manufacturer.

I'm concerned about your safety and your family. Have a good trip ahead!

Best regards,

Firesnake

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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