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Seat Belt problems

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Major Dad, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Sep 23, 2008 at 7:44 AM
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    Major Dad

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    Whats the fix to get your seat belt to roll back in and not get cought in the door all the time?

    I have cleaned and lubed the recoil, I have even tried to tighted up the recoil mechanism, no luck. Do I have to put new ones in?


    Thanks
     
  2. Sep 23, 2008 at 7:52 AM
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    I have the same problem, and had it on my 03 Corolla. I believe there was a dealer fix for the Corolla, something about putting teflon stick-on-strips everywhere the belt touches plastic. Doesn't seem like that would help though since the retractor doesn't have the oomph to pull the belt back correctly.

    A couple times I've gone to close the door just to hear a big CLUNK cause the damn buckle got between the door and the truck body. Very annoying.
     
  3. Sep 23, 2008 at 8:00 AM
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    I had the same problem on my 2000 reg cab and my Dad has this on his 2004. I wish there was an easy fix

    -Dan
     
  4. Sep 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM
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    I had that problem on my 97 also. Eventually I got used to retracting the seat belt by hand when I got out. My wifes 02 4Runner does not have that problem. The seatbelts are softer and return right every time.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2008 at 12:00 PM
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    I hate to continue this bad trend, but I think it's just something you have to deal with. My family makes a habit of keeping cars for at least six or seven years, and I'd have to say that just about every car in the family (Chevy, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Subaru, you name it) has had that problem eventually. The best you can do is try to keep all the mechanisms clean, which it sounds like you've already done.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2008 at 12:19 PM
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    Good link Toy4Life. Think I'll give that a shot this weekend.
     
  8. Sep 23, 2008 at 12:25 PM
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    One of these days I'll get around to trying it. The seatbelts just havn't irritated me enough I guess.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2008 at 4:31 PM
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    I went ahead and tried this on the driver's side today. It helped a little. The write up significantly over simplifies the process. There are actually 2 14mm bolts holding the reel mechanism in. One above and one below. The upper seatbelt anchors need to be removed front (and back if you have an extended cab). The little garment hook also needs to be removed ( to pull the trim panel out far enough to access the mechanism behind it. There is also a wiring harness that needs unplugged and unclipped in order to remove the mechanism. Once the seatbelt is removed from the reel, winding up the reel can be somewhat frustrating. it unwound on me a couple of times. I didn't wash the seatbelt either, which may have helped. All in all, it didn't cost me anything, didn't really take much time to do, and it did help a little.

    I would've taken and posted some pictures, but the camera batteries were dead.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2008 at 4:34 PM
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    Long as it keeps me from walking out to my truck in the morning and seeing I closed the door with about a foot loop of seat belt sticking out, worth a shot.

    I'll see if I can find a parts breakdown of the mechanism. Maybe just the spring can be ordered from Toyota.
     
  11. Sep 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM
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    Looking over at ToyotaNation (also a good place to be but not quite as good as here) someone had the idea of swapping the drivers and passengers side belts. That would work for me 'cause the passenger side is nice and tight, and not used half as often as my side.
     
  12. Sep 23, 2008 at 11:11 PM
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    Good idea there, Lucy. I'm going to look into getting a similar but stronger spring. Let me know if you guys have any luck.
     
  13. Sep 24, 2008 at 4:52 AM
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    Sounds like I'm no the only one out their with non-retracting seat belts.
    I have tried to tighten the spring but it not seem to help, I might give them a washing to see it that helps. Say HerNameIsLucy if you find a tighter spring let me know.

    Thanks all
     
  14. Sep 24, 2008 at 4:59 AM
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    Will do Major
     
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