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rear seatbelt guide came out

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by unccpathfinder, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Dec 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM
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    unccpathfinder

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    So my gf somehow got the seat belt doubled over twisted and stuck...while trying to fix it I pulled the guide out of the seat...i have tried to get it backing place the only way that it looks possible...(clip the hinge in fold it down and try to push it rearward) but I can't get it to go...on several attempts approximating 2 hrs I cannot get it back in...I'm thinking I gotta pull the seat and the upulstry to fix it...or if anyone knows a better way or if this something that is covered at the dealer for free since this is a "safety restraint"

    Pic:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Dec 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    should it look like the one next to it?
     
  3. Dec 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM
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    No...its the only shoulder belt in the truck like that...it should look like this but flush...

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Dec 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    You can also see that the discoloration is on the side pieces. Not on the rear tabs. That would seem to me like you are not pushing it far enough forward before pushing down. The way the rear clips are made they will flex while you push down then snap out to secure once its down below the clips. Make sense or you still need a video of someone pushing on the cover?
     
  5. Dec 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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    I looked online a little and it looks like the two back clips clip under the two black metal pieces sticking out then the front should pop in :notsure: just trying to come up with suggestions
     
  6. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    Yes please go pull it out and post a full real time uncut from the removal and installation...I'm not the only person that is mechanically inclined to attempt to fix this and failed on several attempts...

    as I said I believe if the material is undone and laid flat you have flex ability to get it in place but once its wrapped around the seat you loose this ability

    Rusty 06 thanks for the input...this is basically the method I've tried...the most I can get in r 3 of the 4 corners
     
  7. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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    What I was saying is it looks like those side pieces are turning white from flexing. So those may be getting in the way, or hitting something to keep it from snapping all the way down correctly. Either way your doing something wrong, it should just snap in and does not require disassembly of the seat
     
  8. Dec 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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    The seat structure on the front and the tension on the fabric don't allow it to install...I'm gonna go to the stealership and see what they have to say
     
  9. Dec 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    I've had this exact same problem when I installed my leather. I ended up just putting the headrest on that side all the way down and just setting the seat belt cover in place. Nobody sits in that middle seat anyways.

    But I am interested in a fix for this, so I'm following this one.

    There is a firm plastic piece sewn to the under side of the cloth, which is what I thought the cover should clip in to, but upon further inspection I'm betting it actually clips right down to the metal, and the plastic piece is just a space filler.
     
  10. Dec 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM
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    Cleaned up the thread. Be excellent to each other.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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    if you have an upholstery place near by see what they say
     
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    My only guess is maybe your fabric either shrunk or shifted since new and is not allowing the trim to be pushed far enough forwards
     
  13. Dec 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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    Fixed it tonight...took ~40 mins but could probably be done in 20...I removed the seat and I believe it can be done in the truck...ill post pics once I upload them to photo bucket...the order of operations That I thought would work did...I didn't have hogring pliers but 2 needle noses and some pliers got the job done...found some unused hog rings as well from Toyota
     
  14. Dec 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    A recap since I have moved some files around on my photobucket:

    Guide popped out:
    [​IMG]

    Tools I used to fix it (2 needle nose pliers, 1 reg pliers,phillips screwdriver,14mm socket):
    [​IMG]

    I removed the seat:
    fold seat up
    remove 14mm bolt holding seatbelt to floor
    fold back seat down
    remove 2 covers (1 on each side of seat near hinge)
    remove 2 14mm bolts
    *note i had already removed the rear cover which has 3 phillips head screws 2 behind the corner covers and 1 in the center
    [​IMG]

    seat back removed (remove the 3 phillips head screws lift up and slide down):
    [​IMG]

    this is what the panel looks like:
    [​IMG]

    removed the 5 hog rings using 2 needle nose pliers:
    [​IMG]

    material pulled back and guide installed:
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    put everything back together:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    *note that i used the regular pliers to pinch the hogrings since i dont have the hogring pliers
     
  15. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM
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    It broke again tonifth as.expected...the side of the plastic is too fatigued so the one corner flapped out and That's all she wrote...I almost cut a dowl pin and super glued it in BC I had a fear of this happening...but I reckon ill go at this again in time
     
  16. Dec 31, 2011 at 4:12 AM
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    Those things are a pain in the ass. You may be able to do that without glues since the fabric should hold it in once the cover is laid back down. Kinda hard to tell without being there in person to see it.
     
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