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Generally it is a replace, not repair. When the recoil springs go the whole assembly needs to be replaced. That's your safest bet!

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Adjusting a slow seat belt retractor

Oh dear. I have the same problem with my vehicles. As explained to me by dealer, the return system on these set belts are similar to those on tape measures and the pull start on a lawn mower. They're a spring steel coil type thing that simply gets tired over time. That's why they'll retract with help. The only answer they've had is to replace them. Easier on some vehicles than others. If your seat belt is, like my GMC, enclosed in the plastic interior component by the door latch, then it can become easier and more cost effective to have it done by a repair shop. I checked my Chilton/Haynes repair manuals (and I have many covering different makes and models), and this is one of the few areas they don't cover. A shop will also be able to tell you what new models may have the interchangeable belt systems. If I were you, and decide to have it done, I'd replace all of the belt systems since the interior is going to be torn apart anyway. And even though the drivers seat belt system gets the most wear, they are all 13 years old and mold/rot can hide in many places. And you may be able to get a full set out of a newer wrecked model. Best of luck.

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the belts are not designed to be serviced if you have a problem with your seat belts eithor live with it or replace them if you take them apart you are playing a dangerous game

goto local auto recyclers and tear a kia apart there great place to learn and little cost if you break somthing in a scrap yard

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