I have a Toyota front shoulder belt that won't come out any farther
and makes no effort to retract. Even with tugging, of course.
What are the odds that something's stuck or that something repairable
is broken and I can fix it, versus that it's shot?
If it's shot, it seems I'd be more likely to get one that fits just
right and whose color matches just right if I guy one from a junkyard,
similar car, than a new aftermarket one. What do you think?
Yes, not that I can see. And I think the belt is entirely out. It
won't budge when I pull and it certainly is long enough. Long enough
that it's like there's no belt at all.
It's going to be 95 today in Baltimore and 97, 95, 99, 93, 96 and 94
in the days to follow, though I could have started at 6AM when it's
77. But by 10 it's 87.
On Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:14:18 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
But no one wants to give me odds that it can be fixed?? I'm thinking
less than 10% but I don't want to order a new belt without checking. I
want to know the odds so I can bet with my next-door neighbor.
You might fix it before you knew what you were doing!
Well, actually I might fix it myself, because today I noticed that,
despite what I said, the belt is folded. And I coudl even pull it
out 8 more inches. My bad.
In my defence, I thought because it was so far out that I coudl weigh
I'll bet 400 pounds and still fit, that it couldn't come out any
farther, and that twisting couldnt' be the problem then if it was all
the way unwound.
Even doubled I'm sure it gets through the slot in the side of the
passenger compartment fairlly easily, so there must be another smaller
slot farther in. I'll find it but I'll have to get up at dawn. Every
day is to be 92 or higher this week.
Well, it's extended, not retracted, so I can still put it on. It
just won't do any good.
It will look fine unless the cop is up by the car looking at my lap.
I'm trying to move on this but it's been over 90 degrees every day.
Tonight I found the shop manuals so I'm going to read what it takes to
get the trim off and try to fix the belt. If I have to replace the
belt, I'd need to take the trim off for that too.
In the 90's was told it was a "major-bigdeal" to replace the shoulder
belt apparatus. When pulled over once, police officer accepted the fact
that is was broken and was pleased that I was wearing the seat belt. YMMV.
In maryland they don't inspect the car until it's sold again, even if
that takes 20 years! I think I could use the passenger-side belt if I
sat on the passenger side.
OTOH, Pa. used to inspect cars twice a year, every year, but after
decades they lowered it to once a year.
That used to be the biggest government sanctioned theft of motorists
ever invented. Scams varied from shop to shop.
We had three cars in the family and I took each one to a particular
shop. They all passed, even my convertible with fogged plastic window,
but coincidentally, they all needed a headlight adjustment. That was a
good shop to go to.
Some just checked lights since that was visible if the state was
watching. Others would try to get work like ball joints, tie rod ends
and the like, needed or not.
I wouldn't go there. Maybe you need some work done that can't be diagnosed
without it being on a lift. I want an honest place, autos are not perfect,
neither are the people that work on them. Crooks are crooks.
Problem was finding an honest place. Inspection twice a year is a rip
off to begin with. States with and without mandatory inspection have
little difference in defects or road problems. The cars that truly
needed a lot of work were often the same ones with black market illegal
stickers. Some cars would fail if you or I took it but a big busted
woman with a low cut blouse would pass. That was verified by a friend
that learned to send his wife.
Some states have eliminated the mandatory inspections.
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