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The front passenger seatbelt is twisted and won' t retract on my 2004 Sienna minivan. How can I fix it myself?

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OK - So I have a 2004 Sienna and the drivers seat had a twisted seat belt. To make matters worse it was fully extended and I could not straighten it. Here are the steps I took to get it corrected.

I took off the handle to the sliding door. There are 2 small panels on the handle that can gently be removed with a flat head screwdriver. Once exposed you will see 2 torx bolts. If you have that tool, great. If not you can use a small flat head to unscrew the bolts. This removes the handle

Next use your flat head screwdriver to 'pop' off the bottom center section of plastic (the piece that has the auto door button). The side closest to the sliding door will have a plastic 'snap' that will come out and that will allow enough room to get to the other plastic snap...these come out easily but be careful they don't drop to the bottom. Once unsnapped you will have access to the top plastic center section (where the seat belt is located)

There is another plastic 'snap' close to the sliding door. Unfastening this side will allow enough space for you to access the drivers side and use a 10mm socket to remove the bolt holding that in place. Once out I was able to get both hands on the seat belt & it was easily corrected.

I adjusted the slide to its highest position since that is the way the passenger side is and we have never had an issue with that side.

Put all pieces back in reverse order & you are done. Took about 15 minutes.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011

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I also have this problem. it happens quite frequently and I feel this is some kind of design flaw? usually I fix it by slowly pulling out more seatbelt while twisting in the opposite direction, but now it is out as far as it can go and I need to take it apart...or get a shop to take it apart.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010

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I have the same problem on my 2004 sienna. I was told to diassemble side panels and get to where the twist is. Then take a regular clothes iron and starch and iron out the twist. Have not tryed this yet, going to today.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010

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