Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chime

Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chime

Postby RonRod [OP] » March 29th 2017, 12:12am

I searched the forum a bit and couldnt drum up an answer, so...

I bought some new seat belts (seatbeltsplus.com) that actually will engage in an accident (no matter how hard I slammed on the brakes I couldn't get the OEM ones to engage).

I noticed on the receiver on the drivers side belt there is a couple of wires that likely go to some sort of sensor that tell the van:
A: the belt is buckled
and (maybe) B: if the van is in a wreck, deploy the airbag

Questions:
1. If I disconnect this sensor, will the airbag still deploy in the case of an accident?
2. If not, any workarounds?

If any one has some any insights I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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Re: Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chim

Postby AstroWill » March 29th 2017, 12:48am

RonRod wrote:A: the belt is buckled
and (maybe) B: if the van is in a wreck, deploy the airbag

A: Yes
B: No

RonRod wrote:Questions:
1. If I disconnect this sensor, will the airbag still deploy in the case of an accident?
2. If not, any workarounds?

1: Yes
2: connect wires.

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Re: Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chim

Postby RonRod [OP] » March 29th 2017, 2:55am

Easy enough. Was wondering if I was overthinking it. Thanks AstroWill!
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Re: Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chim

Postby icebrrg3rd » March 29th 2017, 3:28pm

RonRod wrote:...I noticed on the receiver on the drivers side belt there is a couple of wires that likely go to some sort of sensor that tell the van...if the van is in a wreck, deploy the airbag...
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Sorry, but that made me laugh. It's the DRIVERS seat. If in an accident, there usually is a driver. Altho I see what you were getting at, with newer cars that have a sensor in the PASSENGER seat to activate/deactivate the passenger side airbag & trigger the pass side seat belt warning light/chime.

The airbags will go off in our vans in a crash, buckled or not, if the airbag sensors deem it necessary (falls within the parameters).

And pulling those wires will turn off the idiot light and warning chime, I don't remember if just pulling them does it or if you have to connect them together. Done that on other cars. Mind you, I wear seat belts but sometimes I dislike having that light on & dinging in those few cases where you drive around a campground or other off-road low speed areas, plus I hate having the car tell me what to do (like UPSHIFT in manual vehicles!)

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Re: Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chim

Postby RonRod [OP] » March 29th 2017, 8:02pm

Agreed Andrew, it does seem silly. But you don't know what you dont' know, so I figured I'd ask.
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Re: Replacing Drivers Side Seat Belt- Seat Belt Warning Chim

Postby Rod's Trucks » December 24th 2020, 4:19am

It never hurts to ask!
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