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Old 09 Oct 2004, 08:34 pm   #1 (permalink)
john jerrell
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I have a '98 camry le that have seat belts that when you release
them(both sides) there seems to not have enough tension on them to
retract and than if you don't watch it they get caught in the doors when
you shut them. The dealer says they can't be adjusted. Any information
would be greatly appreciated
John

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Old 10 Oct 2004, 01:51 am   #2 (permalink)
Jan Siepelstad
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I have the same on my 98 Camry. Only on the driver side though. That one is
used more frequently.
Also got the same answer of the dealer.

I wondered if it is possible to exchange the driver's retracting mechanism
with one of the back seats.
The ones in the back are used rearly.
Anyone knows if this is possible?

"john jerrell" <justus@dejazzd.com> schreef in bericht
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> I have a '98 camry le that have seat belts that when you release
> them(both sides) there seems to not have enough tension on them to
> retract and than if you don't watch it they get caught in the doors when
> you shut them. The dealer says they can't be adjusted. Any information
> would be greatly appreciated
> John
>



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Old 10 Oct 2004, 03:10 am   #3 (permalink)
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Jan Siepelstad wrote:
|| I have the same on my 98 Camry. Only on the driver side though. That
|| one is used more frequently.
|| Also got the same answer of the dealer.
||
|| I wondered if it is possible to exchange the driver's retracting
|| mechanism with one of the back seats.
|| The ones in the back are used rearly.
|| Anyone knows if this is possible?

If possible, it would only delay the problem reoccuring by a few weeks.


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|| "john jerrell" <justus@dejazzd.com> schreef in bericht
|| news:416891A9.C94C1A60@dejazzd.com...
||| I have a '98 camry le that have seat belts that when you release
||| them(both sides) there seems to not have enough tension on them to
||| retract and than if you don't watch it they get caught in the doors
||| when you shut them. The dealer says they can't be adjusted. Any
||| information would be greatly appreciated
||| John


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Old 10 Oct 2004, 05:36 am   #4 (permalink)
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You can gain some retraction using the repair procedure at this website. It
won't make it new, but it is an improvement.
http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~jec56/seatbelt/seatbelt.htm
I used the procedure and it helped. It does not take too long and it is free
other then your time.
Alex

"john jerrell" <justus@dejazzd.com> wrote in message
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>I have a '98 camry le that have seat belts that when you release
> them(both sides) there seems to not have enough tension on them to
> retract and than if you don't watch it they get caught in the doors when
> you shut them. The dealer says they can't be adjusted. Any information
> would be greatly appreciated
> John
>



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Old 10 Oct 2004, 07:53 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Jan Siepelstad" <jan siepelstad@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<ckam6f$n0k$1@news3.zwoll1.ov.home.nl>...
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> The ones in the back are used rearly.


Cute.
I think that's what used to be called a Tom Swifty, (the respondent said quickly).
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Old 10 Oct 2004, 09:44 am   #6 (permalink)
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"john jerrell" <justus@dejazzd.com> wrote in message
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> I have a '98 camry le that have seat belts that when you release
> them(both sides) there seems to not have enough tension on them to
> retract and than if you don't watch it they get caught in the doors when
> you shut them. The dealer says they can't be adjusted. Any information
> would be greatly appreciated
> John
>


Hi,
I have the same problem on my 95 Camry.
I have asked the same questions as yourself on here.
My back ones that are rarely used are the same.
Opinions seem to be " yes they are Toyota Belts they go slack"

Look back in list about 2 weeks see other comments.

Cheers Johnny UK.


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Old 10 Oct 2004, 02:10 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"Alex Marcuzzi" <amarc@aei.ca> wrote in message
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> You can gain some retraction using the repair procedure at this website.
> It won't make it new, but it is an improvement.
> http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~jec56/seatbelt/seatbelt.htm


I too used this tip on my Tundra due to the seatbelt not retracting as it
did when new. It lasted a few short months and now doesn't want to retract
many times. I'm afraid to do it again as the spring is a coil and eventually
it could break with too much wind-up. I just make sure to check the seatbelt
and baby it to wind up before I close the door.
Hope this helps,
Dave


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Old 10 Oct 2004, 04:10 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I checked the web site and i'll give it shot
Thanx alot for your
help Alex+everyone else

Alex Marcuzzi wrote:

> You can gain some retraction using the repair procedure at this website. It
> won't make it new, but it is an improvement.
> http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~jec56/seatbelt/seatbelt.htm
> I used the procedure and it helped. It does not take too long and it is free
> other then your time.
> Alex
>
> "john jerrell" <justus@dejazzd.com> wrote in message
> news:416891A9.C94C1A60@dejazzd.com...
> >I have a '98 camry le that have seat belts that when you release
> > them(both sides) there seems to not have enough tension on them to
> > retract and than if you don't watch it they get caught in the doors when
> > you shut them. The dealer says they can't be adjusted. Any information
> > would be greatly appreciated
> > John
> >


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Old 11 Oct 2004, 06:36 am   #9 (permalink)
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I was about to get some small pulleys and window weights, and fix it my way,
I'll try this first.
Thanks,

davidj92 wrote:

> "Alex Marcuzzi" <amarc@aei.ca> wrote in message
> news:416911e4$1_1@aeinews....
> > You can gain some retraction using the repair procedure at this website.
> > It won't make it new, but it is an improvement.
> > http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~jec56/seatbelt/seatbelt.htm

>
> I too used this tip on my Tundra due to the seatbelt not retracting as it
> did when new. It lasted a few short months and now doesn't want to retract
> many times. I'm afraid to do it again as the spring is a coil and eventually
> it could break with too much wind-up. I just make sure to check the seatbelt
> and baby it to wind up before I close the door.
> Hope this helps,
> Dave


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Old 11 Oct 2004, 10:08 am   #10 (permalink)
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"Jan Siepelstad" <jan siepelstad@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I have the same on my 98 Camry. Only on the driver side though. That one

is
> used more frequently.
> Also got the same answer of the dealer.
>
> I wondered if it is possible to exchange the driver's retracting mechanism
> with one of the back seats.
> The ones in the back are used rearly.
> Anyone knows if this is possible?



In the days when seat-belts had no automatic retractors, there were
available, small belt winders you just fitted in the middle of the slack.
They used the same principal as the ones giving trouble in the Toyota
now,..but didnt lose their effectiveness.

Nothing annoys me more than this problem, as certain female members of the
family just get out without looking, and shut the door on the belt
clasp-tongue.

However I found one site which sells them still and also mentions their use
on tired automatic belts as well as back seat non-retractables. With
photo>>>

http://www.julianos.com/belt_retractors.html

Note, it's every important to install them so they do not wind on too much
belt. If too much is wound up, then in the event of a wreck/accident, they
will just feed out the extra length causing the passenger to move forward.
In other words, the safety function of the seatbelt is severly compromised.

This means also, they need to be adjusted for each person, unless you allow
them to only wind-up just enough belt slack to stop door damage (on
closing).

I wouldn't be surprised if it is illegal to fit these things on retractable
belts in some states/countries.

Jason


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