Troubleshoot Your Malfunctioning Toyota Pickup Seat Belt
True to its name, the safety belt provides passengers safety from fatal injuries over the years. Its basic function to restrain the seat occupant from any self-inflicted injuries, or from being totally thrown out of the car on impact, has saved millions of lives around the world. Hence, it is indeed a matter of life and death once a seatbelt fails. Below are some common problems regarding seatbelts and some advice on how you can remedy them:
Seat belt fails to retract.
The seat belt pre-tensioner is very likely what's causing you your problems. This problem also manifests through the SRS light readout on your dashboard. It could be that the mechanism is jammed because it has been pulled too hard recently. Were you involved in an accident days or weeks ago? Your body weight might have pulled the pre-tensioner so forcefully that the spring that allows belt retractions warped. It can also be that the pre-tensioner is blocked by foreign particles like dust buildup or oil residue. Either way, you will need to open the seatbelt mechanism to find out.
Seat belt won't release from the latch.
If you are having difficulty releasing the seat belt from its attachment, then the first diagnostic test you must do is to check the latch. It is pretty common sense; you must look for the ratchet that bites the end of the seat belt. Is it tight enough to hold the belt in place but loose enough to give some elbow room for when the belt moves? If this pretty much is up to the standard, then you can cross it off the list. Second, check the end of the seat belt. It should not be bent or warped in any way so that it will never inhibit the movements of the lock. And lastly, check the lock mechanism. Does it respond every time you press it? If the lock teeth do not respond to varying degrees of pressing, then you have found the culprit. These three are the most common problems that are associated with a locked belt.