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My drivers side seat belt does not retract itself. This usually means it is left hanging out the door when I get out unless I hand feed it back in. Has anyone else experienced this, and any advice on a self fix? Or do I need to trek to the dealer? (90 miles away) Thanks.
 

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I had one break too. The dealer replaced it under warranty.
 

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Is it 'hanging' up ie, twisted-then once straightened, it works ok?
 

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I am past warranty. It hangs up straight or not, although it goes back in easier if I straighten it. Thanks.
 

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60k 5yr for seatbelt warranty.... I had my wife's fixed last year w/ 48k and 4yrs....
 

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Mine did this during Winter, but I live in a cold weather area. Whatever grease was used in the pulley assembly was congealing in the cold. I sprayed some WD40 in there and the problem went away.

My drivers side seat belt does not retract itself. This usually means it is left hanging out the door when I get out unless I hand feed it back in. Has anyone else experienced this, and any advice on a self fix? Or do I need to trek to the dealer? (90 miles away) Thanks.
 

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going through it now.. Warranty long gone.. but i really think a seatbelt should be covered no matter what.. My passenger's side has failed, the clock spring inside is badly rusted and has broken. there is no other rusted, wet or even stained parts anywhere else in the door.. bummer..
need to order a retractor from the dealer.. 2 hundred and something dollars..
 

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I think many dealership will fix seat belts under "lifetime" warranty. It's a liability issue for them (bad press) if one fails. I've not taken one into a dealer in a long while, but I had it done for free once on a used Honda Civic at a Honda dealer that had no previous relationship with the car.

After reading the above post, my tactic would be to haggle/negotiate with them - over the safety issue vs. bad press.
 

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Same issue. I was trying to oil my clock spring to hope to get the seat belt to retract. But, before I knew it the copper clock spring came flying out and it was in 5 different pieces. It was pure corrosion.
Now, I am not sure if there is an aftermarket fix. I am interested in what I need to say to the dealer to get this replaced. I am a 2008 FJ with 120K. So, my opinion on this should be replaced under lifetime is very much open since I do not want to get raped by the cost of the part.
a Stainless steel clockspring would have been cheaper and less likely to fail.
 

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Same issue. I was trying to oil my clock spring to hope to get the seat belt to retract. But, before I knew it the copper clock spring came flying out and it was in 5 different pieces. It was pure corrosion.
Now, I am not sure if there is an aftermarket fix. I am interested in what I need to say to the dealer to get this replaced. I am a 2008 FJ with 120K. So, my opinion on this should be replaced under lifetime is very much open since I do not want to get raped by the cost of the part.
a Stainless steel clockspring would have been cheaper and less likely to fail.
I have the same issue on an 2007 model. I ordered a new one from "stealership" and am now looking for instructions to replace. Anyone have a forum for this? Thanks in advance.
 

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I am past warranty. It hangs up straight or not, although it goes back in easier if I straighten it. Thanks.


There is a little known federal law that requires auto manufacturers to repair at no cost any safety equipment. At one time it even included smog control equipment. Sorry, no links... just an old guys memory.
 

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I replaced my passenger side due to corrosion a while ago. I ended up purchasing a used one off of ebay but found out there are companies out there that actually can put in a new coil.
 
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