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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Aug-17-2016, 02:45:49 PM   #11
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Default Re: Seat belt retraction system

I was curious if the 'insides' of the system were gummed up. Sounds like a definite possibility. I've only owned this car for three out of it's fourteen years so who knows what the previous owners did.

How difficult was it to get to that metal bar and remove it?
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Default Re: Seat belt retraction system

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I was curious if the 'insides' of the system were gummed up. Sounds like a definite possibility. I've only owned this car for three out of it's fourteen years so who knows what the previous owners did.

How difficult was it to get to that metal bar and remove it?
On the wagon, it was very easy. Just pulled off the B-pillar trim, and the metal bar was in plain view, held in place with two screws.

Have not pulled the trim off a coupe, but I imagine it would not be too different.
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The E46 seat belt retractors have always been slow, even when new. When I get out of the car, I push the belt in the upward direction and that's enough to get it reeled in when it's working properly.

I recently bought a used 325 touring, and the belt didn't retract correctly. I replaced the belt assembly which helped a lot. At that time, I also found a metal guide bar inside the B-pillar trim that was coated with a sticky gunk. It was probably a mixture of dirt, skin oil, and cleaning solution. I needed to use a Scotch Brite pad to get that crap off. Depending on the condition of the belt, I don't think just cleaning it will be enough.

Now it works as good as a new one.

I think the problem is whether or not you drive with the windows open a lot or smoke or both. The belt gets dirty, and all that junk gets into the belt and retraction system. I do neither in my m3 (which I had since new), and its belt works great.

That's some good advice, thanks! I'll have to take a look at this at some point. I'm owner #3 so it's possible there is some build-up in there.
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Default Re: Seat belt retraction system

I mentioned it in my earlier post, but just to be clear, I also replaced the seat belt and its retraction system with a brand new one, as the old belt was curling up and was filthy.

I cleaned that bar at the same time, so I don't know which made a bigger difference. The bar guides the belt, and where they make contact is where that sticky dirt built up, so I'm guessing it contributed to the problem.

I forget there is an upper belt anchor as well. It's also hidden from view by the B-pillar covers. That gets replaced with the belt, and I would think that gets gunked up too. I'll try to find my old belt, can't remember if I threw it out yet.
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