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Seatbelt won't retract

The driver side seatbelt on my 2005 Corolla won't retract. Is there a way that I can rectify it myself without having to bring it to the dealer?

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  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Seatbelts are warranted for 5 years/50K miles.

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1)move the plastic cover over the seat belt out of the way to gain access to the two mounting bolts for the seat belt mechanism. Use a 10mm wrench and a 14mm wrench and remove the two bolts holding the seat belt mechanism to the body. Use a small drill bit or small screwdriver and make one hole in the plastic cover on each side of the seat belt mechanism (the covers say "do not remove plastic cover". Spray lots of wd40 in each hole. Then exercise the seat belt. When the mechanism allows the belt to be retracted, retract the belt all the way out and exercise the seat belt. Reinstall mechanism with both mounting screws in original position and put plastic cover back in place. Good luck. New seat belt costs $100.00 from dealer and are hard to find working in junk yards. I have fixed several of them this way.

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  • margieb Jan 14, 2012

    it work fantastic! thanks for that .my car is from the 70's and i only needed to remove one bolt and the plastic outside cover...i drilled two holes in each side, probably unnecessary and sprayed the wd 40 in there i also found other access points on the spindle at each side AWESOME! thanks so much

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