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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, Seat Belt Pilling Solved! in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Dont know if anyone else has this problem with their seat belt, I would think so, where the side of ...
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    Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Dont know if anyone else has this problem with their seat belt, I would think so, where the side of the belt 'pills' and has worn loose fabric from rubbing against the bracket when you pull the belt out to attach it. I dont think there is anyway to prevent this unless you put some sort of protective cover over belt.
    Wife had been looking for something to take care of 'pilling' on clothing and she found a 'Fabric Shaver' in Walgreens.
    I ran it along the one side of the belt wear it was chafing and it removed all the ugly loose 'pills' on the belt. Problem Solved!

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    I noticed this on my CTS as well. I always seem to forget about it though. So it doesn't really bother me to much. I only notice it every once in awhile. I didn't even know there was a word or term for this. Thank you for teaching me a new word lol. I am sure of one thing though, everybody on here will be checking their seatbelts for 'pilling' after they read this thread!

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    just ask the better half about pilling

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Quote Originally Posted by jghiller View Post
    Dont know if anyone else has this problem with their seat belt, I would think so, where the side of the belt 'pills' and has worn loose fabric from rubbing against the bracket when you pull the belt out to attach it. I dont think there is anyway to prevent this unless you put some sort of protective cover over belt.
    Wife had been looking for something to take care of 'pilling' on clothing and she found a 'Fabric Shaver' in Walgreens.
    I ran it along the one side of the belt wear it was chafing and it removed all the ugly loose 'pills' on the belt. Problem Solved!
    Is that one of those mini fabric shavers that shaves the loose fabric fibers and captures the shavings? I have been meaning to do that to my pilling belt too.

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Quote Originally Posted by helmutk View Post
    is that one of those mini fabric shavers that shaves the loose fabric fibers and captures the shavings? I have been meaning to do that to my pilling belt too.
    yup.

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Quote Originally Posted by jghiller View Post
    Dont know if anyone else has this problem with their seat belt, I would think so, where the side of the belt 'pills' and has worn loose fabric from rubbing against the bracket when you pull the belt out to attach it. I dont think there is anyway to prevent this unless you put some sort of protective cover over belt.
    Wife had been looking for something to take care of 'pilling' on clothing and she found a 'Fabric Shaver' in Walgreens.
    I ran it along the one side of the belt wear it was chafing and it removed all the ugly loose 'pills' on the belt. Problem Solved!
    In addition to 'pilling'.. seat belt fabric edge 'fraying' (particularly the driver's seat belt) is a problem on all or most '08 CTS's as well as early model-year build '09's. I had the driver's seat belt replaced (on warranty) on my '08 CTS4 for this very reason. Haven't had this issue at all on my late model-year build '09 CTS, so it appears GM eventually took care of the problem, one way or another. There may be a TSB on this.
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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Didnt see a TSB on it but if you got yours replaced under warranty, I may do the same. It had fraying on the edges from rubbing on the bracket housing as well. Will check TSBs again.

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Just had mine replaced under warranty earlier this week. I didn't need a TSB to reference...just showed them. Those out of warranty...I'm not sure if they'd fix it or not.

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    RAB: could you please post a picture of your later model seatbelt surround? I'm curious to know if there's really something different about the design or if it's just good luck that's kept yours from fraying along the front edge. If there's truly a difference in the surround, maybe the dealer would replace the piece that's causing the trouble at the same time they replace the belt. The plastic surround seems surprisingly sharp and must have been a design oversight.

    I never realized how much I liked the "in the seat" belts of the first gen. CTS (and its seats in general) until after I'd bought my 09.

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Quote Originally Posted by reciprocity View Post
    RAB: could you please post a picture of your later model seatbelt surround?
    reciprocity.. here are a couple of photos taken today of my later model (i.e. my late model-year build '09 car).
    The plastic surround edge is quite smooth, with a rounded edge where the belt fabric runs against. I seem to recall my previous '08 CTS4 had a slightly sharper edge on the surround.

    Unfastened seatbelt hanging naturally from the B pillar:


    Seatbelt pulled up to expose more of belt running surface/edge at surround:

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    Re: Seat Belt Pilling Solved!

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayGhost View Post
    Just had mine replaced under warranty earlier this week. I didn't need a TSB to reference...just showed them. Those out of warranty...I'm not sure if they'd fix it or not.
    They may repair/replace a seatbelt issue even if the car is out of warranty because of it being a potential safety issue. Of course one should ask first so there are no surprises.

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