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Old 09-19-2011, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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4th Generation Seat Belt Help

Hey guys,

I'm this biggest noob of them all when it comes to cars. But everyone on this forum seems very friendly and helpful, so I'm going to make this my home.

My drivers side seat belt is not recoiling back up into the side anymore. It seems that the (whatever it's called) doesn't retract anymore. I called the Toyota Dealership where I live, and they quoted me a price that seems pretty high ($200 USD) to replace the whole seat belt.

I found out through tinkering that the passenger side seat belt does not fit the driver side steel pins when mounting the re-tractor assy. back on. So that idea is out.

Is there any third party seat belts I could buy, or do I have to go with OEM?

I've heard a few people mention "Toyotapartsman", who is this and how do I contact him?

Open to any help anyone can give. Thanks a bunch.
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Hmm... you have the same problem as me, except I have this in both the front seats.
Anyways, after dissembling the seat belt and the pretensioner (that's what makes it tight and locks the belt when you apply the brakes) I couldn't really find any parts that were worn out myself.

I know honda has a "lifetime seatbelt" program where if you bring in the car with a malfunctioning seatbelt, they will replace it. I am not aware if toyota has a program like this, if anyone could shed some light on that.

I'm sorry OP, but I can't really help you in locating a 3rd party belt. I've tried myself.
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Nissan also has teh lifetime seatbelt program..or they did when i owned a Sentra in 2005..at any rate, you will want to use the oem belts ONLY.i would not go aftermarket if they are available (though i don't believe aftermarket oem style seatbelts are available for the Camry) some things just aren't worth the risk.
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If it's not warrantied, I'd try a pick and pull salvage yard and look for one that's in good shape.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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"You know you own a Toyota when...

You go to get in your vehicle and the seat belt is hanging out the door"

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Dunno were I seen that but my camry and pickup have the same problem with all the seat belts.

Edit: Protip, learn to stuff the belt back in each time you exit the vehicle. I do it every time, so much that it's become as much of a habit as putting the seat belt on, but hell will likely freeze over before I can get the wife to do it.
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I've heard a few people mention "Toyotapartsman", who is this and how do I contact him?
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've heard a few people mention "Toyotapartsman", who is this and how do I contact him?
According to a forum search:
Big, big, BIG shoutout to TOYOTAPARTSMAN (Gary) for great deals & service!

TOYOTAPARTSMAN (Gary) from Toyota of Newnan, Georgia

Google search came up with:

Gary Smith


Parts Manager
Phone 678-854-9601
Fax 678-854-9609
garys@toyotaofnewnan.com
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How much is a new one anyways? I'm just used to rolling it back up myself so it doesn't get caught in the door but eh, it'd be nice rofl.
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get one at a junkyard for $25
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In the US, seatbelts are a lifetime warranty item, regardless if you are original owner or not.

Sadly in Canada, that is not true.
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Not saying it will work for you but try cleaning the belt. Use an upholstery cleaner and scrub with a stiff bristle brush. (I don't mean a wire brush or something so abrasive it damages the belt.) In some cases the belt just gets so much dirt/body oil in the fibers it becomes too stiff to easily roll up in the retract mechanism.
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And also clean the Anchor point on the door pillar. There is actually a TSB on this. Toyota TSB # BO029-01 dated October 19, 2001.

To assist customers in preventing particle buildup and preserve the appearance of the
shoulder belt anchor, the following procedure has been developed.
�� 1996 – 1999 model year Avalon vehicles.
�� 1996 – 2001 model year Camry vehicles.
�� 1993 – 2001 model year Corolla vehicles.
�� 1996 – 1997 model year Previa vehicles.
�� 1998 – 2001 model year Sienna*1 vehicles.
*1 Except rear seat belt.
CURRENT PART NUMBER PART NAME
73205–48011 Tape Set, Shoulder Belt Anchor
NOTE:
The above tape set contains the fluorocarbon resin tape (2 pieces) and Velcro tape (1 piece).
OP CODE DESCRIPTION TIME OPN T1 T2
BD1011 Clean the Shoulder Belt Anchor 0.3 73210–#####–##*1
73220–#####–##*1 61 99
*1 OPN should be part number of whichever belt assembly that the procedure is performed on.
Applicable Warranty*:
This repair is covered under the Toyota Comprehensive Warranty. This warranty is in
effect for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle’s
in-service date.
* Warranty application is limited to correction of a problem based upon a customer’s specific complaint.

1. CLEAN SHOULDER BELT ANCHOR
NOTE:
�� Do not install the tape when the
vehicle temperature is below the
freezing point.
�� Do not re–use removed fluorocarbon
resin tape.
A. Pull out the seat belt about 300
mm and attach a clip as shown in
the illustration.
HINT:
Preventing the seat belt from retraction
with a clip will make the following
work easier.
B. Put the Velcro tape (in the parts
kit) through the hole of the
shoulder belt anchor,
brush–shaped side to the anchor.
C. Pull both ends of the Velcro tape
with your hand and shave off the
dirt on the shoulder belt anchor by
moving the Velcro tape several
times as shown in the illustration.
NOTE:
Remove the dirt completely. Otherwise,
the fluorocarbon resin tape may not
adhere properly.
Installation
Procedure
SHOULDER BELT ANCHOR TAPE SET – BO026-01 October 19, 2001
Page 3 of 4
2. INSTALL FLUOROCARBON RESIN
TAPE
A. Place the fluorocarbon resin tape
onto the seat belt as shown in the
illustration.
NOTE:
Before installation of the fluorocarbon
resin tape, it is necessary to pre–release
the colored film about 5 mm for each
side. (Not fully released.)
B. By pulling up the seat belt, put the
fluorocarbon resin tape through
the hole of the shoulder belt
anchor. Match the shoulder belt
anchor to the center of the tape.
C. Remove the upper side colored
film from the fluorocarbon resin
tape, and securely affix the tape
to the outside of the shoulder belt
anchor.
D. Remove the lower side colored
film from the fluorocarbon resin
tape, and securely affix the tape
to the outside of the shoulder belt
anchor.
NOTE:
�� Be sure to affix the fluorocarbon
tape securely along all edges.
�� Pay attention not to make any
wrinkles or slack in the fluorocarbon
resin tape.
E. Remove the clip.
Installation
Procedure
(Continued)
SHOULDER BELT ANCHOR TAPE SET – BO026-01 October 19, 2001
Page 4 of 4
F. By pulling the seat belt up and
down several times, as shown in
the illustration, securely affix the
fluorocarbon resin tape and
confirm the smoothness of the
belt movement.
NOTE:
Affix the fluorocarbon resin tape on
the shoulder belt anchor to the other
side following the same procedure.
NOTE:
If the seat belt requires cleaning to
remove dirt, only use a neutral
detergent or lukewarm water to clean.
Use the seat belt after it is completely
dried, to confirm proper operation.

Sorry couldn't get the illustrations to show if you PM me I can email all the TSB's I have
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Seat belt retractor fix!!!

Saw this on the Tundra Forum: http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forum...etraction-fix/

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I recently purchased a 2000 Limited, and one of the things that was driving me nuts was the "non retraction" of the seat belt. I read everything I could find here about it, tried cleaning, sanding out the guide, etc., but no joy.

Last week I went to Lowe's and purchased a spray can of "Dupont Teflon Multi-Use Dry, Wax Lubricant". Pulled out the belt and sprayed the inside surface of it with the lube, let it dry, and now it retracts! The lube is dry and clear, cannot tell anything has been applied.
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Went to Lowes, bought a $4.95 can of the stuff you suggested, sprayed the driver's belt in the parking lot. Gave everything a chance to dry and now I have retractors that actually work! Its like Viagra for seat belts!
You spray the actual inside surface of the belt meaning the part that touches your clothes.

I'm going to get it and spray BOTH sides!!!

http://www.lowes.com/pd_213197-39963...ductId=1059839



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Old 09-30-2011, 02:08 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Hey I use a similar Teflon spray on the carpet bunks of a boat trailer so that the boat slides on and off easier. The difference is night and day, so I could definitely see it working for this as well.
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Seat belt retractor fix!!!

Saw this on the Tundra Forum: http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forum...etraction-fix/

Another person in the thread said:
You spray the actual inside surface of the belt meaning the part that touches your clothes.

I'm going to get it and spray BOTH sides!!!

http://www.lowes.com/pd_213197-39963...ductId=1059839



Report your findings!
Let us know if this works. And if it feels oily/waxy afterwards.

And no, Toyota does not replace seatbelts in the US for free.
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