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Ihave a 1996 corsica and the seat belt light wont go out

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There is a switch inside both of the front seats that are activated by weight. When someone is sitting in the seat, the light will come on until they have buckled. There is a switch inside each of the buckles that turns the light of when the clasp is engaged.

The switch in one of the buckles, probably the driver side, has most likely gone bad.

Find the wires going to the latch. There will be a plug, unplug it. See if this makes the light go out. If it doesn't, put a jumper wire into the plug not connected to the latch. When you are sure the wire is making connection in both terminals, see if this makes the light go out. Repeat for the passenger side if neccessary, or do that side first if you think the problem is there. Once you have found where the bad switch is, either replace it or leave it so the light doesn't stay on. Hopefully this helps you to solve the problem, if not send me a follow up.

When servicing safety belts refer to the following precautions:

  1. Seat belts will be serviced as follows:
    1. Retractor portion(s) of the front and rear shoulder belt for outboard passenger and driver.
    2. Buckle portion of the front seat belt for outboard passenger and driver.
    3. Center rear belt and rear outer buckles are serviced separately.
  2. Keep sharp edges and damaging objects away from the belts.
  3. Avoid bending or damaging any portion of the belt buckle or latch plate.
  4. Use correct seat belt anchor bolts and spacers. Tighten all safety belt anchor and retractor bolts to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm)

Driver and Passenger Retractor Side Belt Assemblies
1991-96 CORSICA
  1. Remove the guide cover, bolt and guide from the center pillar.
  2. Remove the center pillar trim.
  3. Remove the center pillar lower trim and carpet retainer.
  4. Remove the plug, anchor bolt, washer, bushing and safety belt.
  5. Remove the retractor and belt.
To install:
  1. Insert the tab on the outboard side of the retractor into the key slot into the center pillar.
The plastic casing on the retractor is color coded for identification. The right side is green and the left side is red.
  1. Align the retractor to the bolt hole in the center pillar.
  2. Hand start the anchor bolt to avoid cross-threading.
  3. Tighten the anchor bolt to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
  4. Install the lower end of the belt, bushing, washer and bolt to the rocker panel.
  5. Hand start the anchor bolt to avoid cross-threading.
  6. Tighten the anchor bolt to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
  7. Insert the plug.
  8. Feed the lower end of the seat belt through the slot in the center pillar trim.
  9. Install the center pillar lower trim and carpet retainer.
  10. Install the center pillar trim.
  11. Install the guide, guide bolt and cover the center pillar.
  12. Hand start the anchor bolt to avoid cross-threading.
  13. Tighten the anchor bolt to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
  14. Close the cover.

Good luck.

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