The belt has always refused to pull itself back. I've always had to manually feed it back in. It accepts it without a problem though.
I am under the impression that the problem is being caused by a massive amount of friction on the far top metal bar (whatever it's called).
I've yet to sand it down, or lubricate it (if that's even possible, to allow the belt to slide over it easier).
Here are pictures of the actual belt mechanism:
- 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 - Seat belt mechanism - Imgur
The alternative (which is what I was originally going to do) was to tighten the spring, so the mechanism pulls the belt like it should (REAL tight, not just the beginning)!
Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Thanks in advance.