How to Replace Truck Seat Belts

black seats with red seat belts
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-200
What You'll Need
New seat belts
Flathead screwdriver
Spanner/ratchet set

Truck seat belts are a very important feature of your truck. They offer safety to all passengers and are something that should be regularly inspected. If the seat belts on your truck are faulty, they need to be replaced. Knowing how to replace the seat belts will save you a lot of time and money. With the right tools, you will be able to replace the seat belts and save some money by doing it yourself. Here’s how you go about replacing the seat belts in your truck.

Step 1 – Getting Started

Locate the bolts for the seat belt on your truck. This will vary according to models, some might be exposed and some might be hidden from view. Some of the new trucks will have the bolts covered with plastic covers.

If your truck has plastic covers over the bolts, pry these open with the screwdriver. Use the spanner or ratchet to remove the bolts that hold the seat belt in place. Remove the shoulder harness bolt that connects the seat belt to the upper pillar support.

Step 2 – Floor and Anchor Bolt

Unfasten the bolt that holds the seat belt to the retractor in the floor of the truck. Unfasten the bolt that holds the anchor plate on the floor of the truck.

Unfasten the bolt that holds the transmission tunnel to the buckle. Remove the whole seat belt assembly for the truck.

Step 3 – Install the New Seat Belt

Take the new seat belt and place it in position. Place the bolt in the hole that attaches the belt to the transmission tunnel. Do not tighten the bolt; just fix it loosely with your hand. Position the anchor plate and fasten it with the bolt to the floor of the truck.

Step 4 – The Retractor and Shoulder Harness

Attach the retractor in place and fix the bolt its place on the floor but do not tighten it completely. Now attach the shoulder harness to the pillar at the back of the side window, again do not tighten the bolt but just fix it loosely.

Check the belt and make sure it is not twisted. Check the functions of the belt. If it’s not working properly adjust it till it moves well.

Step 5 – Finishing

Tighten all the bolts according to the specification listen in the truck service manual. Once you have tightened all the bolts, check the seat belt again to make sure it is secured properly and is working fine.

That’s all you need to do in replacing the seat belt on your truck. Take your truck out for a test drive and check the functions of your seat belt.