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For over a year now I have experienced a wet seat belt harness after the car has stood in the rain. Not evey time, but when it does the belt is saturated.

A year ago when the car was serviced they investigated and could find nothing wrong with the window or door seals. At the last service I reported the problem again and this time they sealed the joint between the door and the rear hatch in the roof, from the underside. The problem is still there.

Has anybody had any experience with solving this problem? does it need sealing from outside or is there another issue that needs addressing?

Chris Thomas
 

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Wet Seat Harness

Hi Chris,
Try sitting in the car. Have someone spray the car with a garden hose, one small area at a time, till you locate the source. If it's the door seal, you could try cleaning it, the door and door jam. Then hit it with some silicone spray. If it's a seam you could use some black, quick set, 3M-5200 silicone sealer/adhesive caulking. Careful, that stuff can be messy. Can use mineral spirits or acetone for trim and clean up. Hope this helps. Jack
 

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a search for WET SEAT BELT (search for all terms) turned up 6 hits. as i recall it has to do with water getting in through the clips that hold the plastic trim above the doors. i might have to do some sealing also, as the left side belt was wet after a heavy rain the other day.
 

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Just had mine fix.

I had the same exact problem. Took it to the dealer and it was plastic clips that had failed on roof directly above the column where the passenger seat belt cavity is. I have a 2001 Honda Insight out of warranty, of course. The cost was $400 to find the problem and fix it. I payed the first $100, Honda America payed the rest.
 

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Hi Guys

Thank you for replying to my request for help.

I am monitoring the problem and will investigate those clips above the door. The Honda Garage did not charge me for the last attempt at fixing it so I am confident that they will have another go under warranty.

I will keep you all posted

Thanks again
 

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check the antenna and rear window spray nozzle gaskets on the roof....worked for me....
 

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New windshield

After a rock chip turned into a crack I had a new windshield put in my 2001 insight. About 3 weeks later it rained and when I got in the car both driver and passenger seat belts were wet plus the passenger floor board. So being a car stereo installer I will figure this one out my self. About a week later I found out the glass shop had broken half the clips holding the trim down around the windshield and roof. I used 3M strip caulk in the holes for the clips then snapped the remaining clips back in place problem solved.
 

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Dear Clay

Thank you for your experiences.

Where I live we have not had much rain recently so I have not had a repeat of the wet seat belt problem. However I think you are right that the clips holding the windscreen piller trim into the structure is the route.

I will take your advice and seal each clip, especially the top most clip, when I next experience the problem.

Chris Thomas
 

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Could you please post a detailed (pictures and part numbers would be VERY helpful)description of how you remove the trim piece and seal the clips? I'm afraid to start this project for fear of making it worse.
 

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Glad to read I'm not alone. I've had my Insight for 1 day. Today at work it is raining. I took a co-worker to lunch and when he put on his seat belt he said "is this wet?"

Sure enough, his belt was wet, but only on the "end" that must have been rolled up in the pillar, not on the exposed part.

We couldn't find any obvious leak areas but I will try to find this clip area that you folks are talking about.

Thanks!
 

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Ethicalpaul, since your car is still within warranty, perhaps you could take a few closeup pictures of the fix when you take it into the dealers for repair. Also try to get any part number(s) for consumable parts.
Many thanks from a lot of damp Insighters
 

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OK, I'll take before and after and try to get some pictures of the work getting done--if I can get them to acknowledge it--now I will be dealing with my home-town honda dealer, who has probably never seen one before :oops:
 

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rained last night and wet belt....

My Dad was the last to close the door and I thought he had left the belt in th door... I will now check the seals etc...

After driving in the rain yesterday my lmpg is now down to 79.6 the rolling restsance of wet tyres must be much higher,plus it was cooler so less warm air for the lean burn mode...
 

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Pics

Can we have picture from people that have done the repair. I'm not used to repairing a car.
 

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description of how to remove A to B pillar wind smoother...

If I have a description of the change I will have a go and take some pictures for on here...

Is there a procedure written down somewhere?

Is there an Insight Haynes Manual available or is it Honda only?
 

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Re: also

trunkout said:
check the antenna and rear window spray nozzle gaskets on the roof....worked for me....
i'll take that back....they are wet again.....darnit.....
 

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Honda little help..

I went in and asked if I could get a manual... They said it was all electronic now... I asked if I could have a CD-rom... No...

Bummer... All I want is the details to take off the side trim to get it sealed... before it rains again.
 
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