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Old 06-21-2006, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This must be a first, at least for this forum, because I searched and found nothing.

I need to replace three seat belts in my 2005 Pilot because a puppy ate through them-- she was quick too, we were only gone about 10 minutes. then

She chewed through the belts themselves-- no damage to clips, internal mechanisms, etc. So it's a matter of simply replacing the belts themselves.

So my question is, how difficult would this be to DIY? If quite difficult, I will reluctantly take it to a dealer to fix, probably at some astronomical labor cost-- but if it's realistic DIY then I'd do it.

What special tools would I need to DIY it? I am of course concerned about:

(1) making sure it is done correctly, for safety purposes; and

(2) not causing any significant cosmetic damage to the interior in removing panels, etc., in order to get at the internal places where I'd need to get to remove the old and install the new

I don't even know yet if I can purchase the replacement belts/assemblies via a website-- which I will do to get the best price, of course.

Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated!
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You can get the seat belts online. I'd think Hondacuraworld could help you, and I know Majestic Honda sells them.

I'd also check to see if your comprehensive coverage or homeowners policy would cover the replacement, but wouldn't think that the labor to replace a belt would be that expensive.
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Wonder about comprehensive insurance coverage?
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Wonder about comprehensive insurance coverage?
Even assuming this is covered, by the time you get done with the $500 deductible and increased rates from making a claim, it won't be worth it to make a claim.

I doubt it would be covered too. Someone else's dog while in your car, perhaps yes, but I highly doubt it if it's your dog.
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Even assuming this is covered, by the time you get done with the $500 deductible and increased rates from making a claim, it won't be worth it to make a claim.

I doubt it would be covered too. Someone else's dog while in your car, perhaps yes, but I highly doubt it if it's your dog.
I know some people who have a 0 deductible on comprehensive. My agent doesn't offer a 0 deductible.

Anyway, good luck with the repair, and stop leaving animals unattended in your vehicle.
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Even assuming this is covered, by the time you get done with the $500 deductible and increased rates from making a claim, it won't be worth it to make a claim.

I doubt it would be covered too. Someone else's dog while in your car, perhaps yes, but I highly doubt it if it's your dog.
1) you don't know until you ask.
2) comprehensive insurance usually does not go up due to a claim (unlike collision)
3) WHY (oh why) would you have $500 deductible comprehensive?
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My agent doesn't offer a 0 deductible.

Time for a new agent!

I bet if you threaten, he will mysteriously find a policy.
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Time for a new agent!

I bet if you threaten, he will mysteriously find a policy.
I've been with them so long that no one else can touch the total cost. I'm okay with a $100 comprehensive deductible. With the glass coverage they'll waive the deductible for chip repairs.
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Have you checked with Honda, they offer lifetime warranty on seatbelts.


Look in your owners manual in the warranty section under seat belts.
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Have you checked with Honda, they offer lifetime warranty on seatbelts.


Look in your owners manual in the warranty section under seat belts.
The warranty has an abuse clause.
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This must be a first, at least for this forum, because I searched and found nothing.

I need to replace three seat belts in my 2005 Pilot because a puppy ate through them-- she was quick too, we were only gone about 10 minutes. then

She chewed through the belts themselves-- no damage to clips, internal mechanisms, etc. So it's a matter of simply replacing the belts themselves.

So my question is, how difficult would this be to DIY? If quite difficult, I will reluctantly take it to a dealer to fix, probably at some astronomical labor cost-- but if it's realistic DIY then I'd do it.

What special tools would I need to DIY it? I am of course concerned about:

(1) making sure it is done correctly, for safety purposes; and

(2) not causing any significant cosmetic damage to the interior in removing panels, etc., in order to get at the internal places where I'd need to get to remove the old and install the new

I don't even know yet if I can purchase the replacement belts/assemblies via a website-- which I will do to get the best price, of course.

Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated!
1. I am not sure you can get the belts separately instead of as an assembly.

2. Installation of seat belts will require everything be torqued or tightened down to a specification which means finding those specs and getting the proper tools to do so. They may have special fittings to prevent DIY.

3. Even if you can do it yourself, if you have an accident and the belts fail for any reason, the first words from the other side's lawyer will be, "So you reinstalled them yourself hhmmmm?"

All in all, with the safety factor involved, I would bite the bullet on this one. That way if anything is scratched by the dealer, he has to fix it, not you.
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