So my 1993 Celica GT had some problems with its front drivers seat belt.
It was all loose and would not retract so i assumed it was shot. I went to
the junkyard and found an exact match and the belt seemed to work and
when i yanked it fast it would lock. The guy who took it off the car made
the mistake of letting the belt go all the way into the mechanism and now
it seems to be locked and will not let the belt loose. is there a way for me
to get this working?
if not where is the best place to look for a replacement?
The best place to get a replacement if from a Toyota dealer. Seat belts
that have been subjected to crash forces should be replaced, and there is
probably a pretty good chance that the "donor" car at the junk yard ended up
at the junk yard because it was crashed and totaled.
If your existing seat belt retracts slowly, try getting some 400 and 600
grit sand paper and gently sanding the shoulder guide for the seat belt
where the belt passes through. The belt gets fuzzy over time, and the fuzz
creates drag as the belt passes through the shoulder guide. A little 400
grit sand paper followed by 600 grit sand paper on the plastic guide will
enlarge the opening so that the belt passes through more easily.
"Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
yes I understand about the belt having been subjected to crash forces. all
im saying is
that my informal testing showed that the seat belt still locked under a
force. the belt is
not getting stuck on any guide. ive already removed the entire assembly. it
inside the main mechanism.
the dealer is the place to look but $150 for a seat belt is way more than im
pay. there are cars at the junkyeard that are not crashed, ie they blew
sold for scrap, or wahtever but I just need a replacement fast.
If you are trying to release the replacement seat belt, try orienting it so
that the part of the assembly that faces the rear of the car is down, then
push the belt in and slowly pull it out, or use a stiff wire to release the
Take a close look at the stitching near the buckle to make sure the threads
are not torn and that the "replace" tag is not sticking out near the label
on the seat belt.
Or, try the sandpaper trick I described above on your old belt.
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