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Old 05-22-2003, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone has experienced the "wet seatbelt" problem and has a definitive cure. Yesterday, my car sat out in the rain all day and when I got into the car and put on the seatbelt I discovered it was soaking wet. The further I pulled it out, the wetter it got to the point where I could actually ring it out. There have been a few posting on the Yahoo! groups about this problem but no definitive solution as whether it is a tensioner bolt problem or broken ckips. The car is going into the dealer tomorrow to have them take a look at it and I was hoping to be able to point them in the right direction as they only deal with one other Insight besides mine.
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Old 06-12-2003, 09:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just noticed the wet seatbelt problem today. We hadn't had much rain, and it wasn't that wet, but it'd never happened before even with more rain. Don't have time to deal with getting it looked at right now.
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Old 06-12-2003, 09:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The dealer could not find a problem and it did get wet again. Due to other work I have been doing in the car (rear speakers, replacement CD player cable), I have decided to leave the driver side pillar cover off and the seat belt mechanism exposed so that I can see where the water is coming in next time there is a heavy rain (and here on Long Island that is becoming every other day!). Then I can go back with definitive information.
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Cuirous, the three of you that have had the problem all have 2000 Insight's it seems. It doesn't exactly rain a whole lot in Arizona, but when it does rain it is usually pretty hard for a short period of time. I'm yet to have any leaks anywhere.
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Old 06-12-2003, 12:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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several weeks ago I had sprayed the Insight with a hose and was inside cleaning front window, when I noticed a light pour of liquod coming from the bottom of the door speaker grill on the passenger side. I have noticed wetness on the inside of the door seal on top of the rocker panel after a wet drive. so far my seatbelts have remained dry.

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Old 06-12-2003, 11:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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several weeks ago I had sprayed the Insight with a hose and was inside cleaning front window, when I noticed a light pour of liquod coming from the bottom of the door speaker grill on the passenger side.
Have you replaced the front speakers? And if so did you have to cut anything in the door to get the new ones in? The previous owner of mine sliced out the nice little lip that is in the metal of the door to put new speakers in and both of them leak. I also wonder if the design of the old speakers didn't allow water thru to the inside? (I have never seen them so I don't know)

As far as the wet seatbelt I haven't experienced it myself after washing the car or in the little bit of rain I have driven in.
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Old 06-13-2003, 03:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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oops....i must have voided the warranty by having those new speakers put in I didn't do the work so do not know what was done inside the door

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After having read about some of the problems that other Insight owners are having with rain/wash leaks, I just wanted to say that the 2002 Insight that I purchased last September has not yet shown any sign of such a leak (fortunately). I don't know if there was a design change prior to 2002 to address the problem. The only thing that I've noticed on mine that may have some connection to the problem is that when I wash the car there is more water on the door sill when I open the doors than I would expect, but I haven't noticed any wet interior areas. I think I would have designed the weather seal to be mounted closer to the outer door sill edge and outer door skin. Maybe that's a cure, maybe not.

(Edited 8/6/03 - I would like to retract my last two sentences. There is a weather strip on the bottom of the door at its outer edge. - I can only speculate on what the problem might be, but I suspect it's a door alignment/weather strip problem. I would also be suspicious if the OEM speakers have been replaced such that some of the factory weather seal material inside the door has been cut or removed. I don't know what this looks like as I have not opened the speaker cavity.)
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Old 06-16-2003, 08:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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We've had rain since my last post, which was the first time I'd ever noticed the wet seatbelt. The seatbelt didn't get wet this time. I'll note here if it happens again.
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Old 06-16-2003, 04:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Try inspecting the door moldings, also are your seatbelts retracting normally?
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