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      544 seatbelt repair or replacement

      I found the driver's side seatbelt latch on my project car does not work. The latch doesn't open fully, so you can't put it on the hoop on the tunnel. It doesn't feel spring loaded, like the passenger side. Does any of the regular Volvo vendors sell these ? I can get modern replacements at SeatbeltPlanet , but I am pretty sure they and Seatbelts Plus just sell kits from SeatBelt Solutions in Florida.

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      This is a very common issue. It's caused by the spring inside the latch, which fatigues and breaks. You can fix it easily (and safely) by drilling out the four rivets, removing the shards, and using screws and nuts to put it back together. The latch can easily be closed and reopened with slight pressure. Or, find a spring to fit in the gap before reassembly.
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      I like the " fix it easily " part.

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      Has anyone posted pictures of the fix or what spring they have found to fix it ? It would be great to see what orientation the spring goes. Since mine was broken, and moving around inside, I'm just guessing about where it goes , exactly.

      When I opened it up, I could see the 4 rivet points also had spacers to keep the top and bottom halves apart and to act as the slider guides.

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      No pictures here, and the last one I did was years ago. I didn't replace any spring, just removed the broken shards.

      IIRC it was just a sort of V-shaped one and sat between the belt slot and the finger hole. Post a pic of yours and maybe I'll remember more.
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      1956 PV444 complete, running
      1956 PV444 very original, very rough

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      This is the only place I’ve seen replacement springs for sale.

      https://classicvolvoparts.co.uk/part...Luggage_straps.

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      That part does ring a bell.

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      2016 XC60 T6 AWD
      1956 PV444 complete, running
      1956 PV444 very original, very rough

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      My spring is/was a simple V shape. I tried to flex it out and it broke in half. I suspect it looked like the picture above. The one as the link above has more V shapes. I bet you could remove some and get the right tension. I ordered both types of springs and 4 of the "rivets" they listed. That spured a memory and I did a Google search for "rivet nuts" and found this place:
      https://www.boltproducts.com/europea...180_183.html#1

      I'm not sure what size the seat belt needs, but I can find out.
      Last edited by JohnW63; 06-07-2020 at 07:56 PM.

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      The link posted earlier has two different springs pictured, and they tell you that you have to look at what you have before ordering. The one I posted is at the very bottom of that page, and is the one I recognized from mine.

      The screw-rivets aren't anything special, a decent hardware store will have them. I used a bolt and nut. And again, didn't replace the spring at all.
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      2016 XC60 T6 AWD
      1956 PV444 complete, running
      1956 PV444 very original, very rough

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      I did end up using the V shaped spring, shown above, I purchased that one and the other style, just in case. That and 4 rivet bolts and it now works like it should. Holding the spring on place and getting the top half of the buckle in place and getting the rivet bolts in place was the tricky part.

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