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A seat belt pretensioner kind of resembles a gun. Under the seat by the center console there is a roughly 6 inch tube. Inside the tube is a slug with a pyrotechnic charge sitting behind it. The slug has a cable attached to it in such a way that when the slug is propelled down the tube the cable is retracted inside. The cable then is anchored at the bottom of ...


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I am assuming that you don't mean to ask how the belt holds you in place. :) I'm assuming you are asking how the mechanism works. I'll break this into two parts. The simple mechanism and the pretensioner. Simple mechanism Here's the diagram: (Image source) And here's the explanation: The actual belt is attached to the a drum that is attached to the blue ...


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I took my car to a different VW shop (not the dealership) and they fixed the problem for $160, but if I'd known the solution was just to solder the wires directly together, I could have fixed it myself. I did however, learn what the problem was thanks to them and I'll share the solution here. VW apparently knows about this issue and supposedly offers special ...


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To add to the other great answers, I must point out that seat belts 'work' to reduce the impact on the passenger by stretching. In a large impact the fabric stretches quite significantly, don't quote me, but perhaps a centimetre or two. This 'extra controlled travel' in the seat belt gives the human body a few more milliseconds to decelerate (ie a little ...


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For a really quick solution, try getting hold of a spare seatbelt from a scrap vehicle (I doubt the shape changes often, so I expect any reasonably recent Toyota would do, just get one that is the same as the belts in your car). Remove the tongue (The t shaped bit) from the belt, and keep it to hand - then, when you're driving on the trails and want to ...


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This is a normal safety feature. Most common reason is for child seats. this allows you to lock the belt and pull it tight. EDIT: It is also not that a child seat triggers this behavior, but that its a feature to allow the safe installation of a child seat. Edit 2: You may want to look into a seat belt extension to aid with your particular issue (belt ...


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I have a 2006 Vibe and I followed the directions here to disable both driver and passenger side seat belt alarms (I don't know of a way to just do passenger side): Turn the key to on (don't start the car,) then change the odometer to display "odo" and not trip A or B. Turn the key off. Turn the key back to on. Within six seconds of doing this, press and ...


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Key on engine off, check to see if there's power at the gauge fuse. If there's power at the gauge fuse disconnect the ignition switch and recheck for power at the gauge fuse. If you have power at the gauge fuse with the ignition switch disconnected, there's a short in the integration relay or a short to power between the switch and relay. If you wanted to ...


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Weasco sells retro fit belts with detailed instruction for 3 point belts http://www.wescoperformance.com/retrofit-seat-belts-shoulder-mt-door.html They include models for convertables and sedans. You can select just the shoulder belt add on or a new complete belt system.


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Same thing happened to my '00 Tundra. Locking pawl got stuck when it was engaged. There was sand/grit/goo in the mechanism. Don't know if the setup is the same, but undo the 3 bolts on the belt reel cover, clean the locking mechanism (I used WD-40, rags and an old toothbrush), regrease and reinstall the cover.


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There are two primary mechanisms that work in combination. The first resembles a pendulum. While the pendulum is vertical the belt works fine. When there is sudden deceleration the pendulum swings forward engaging a cog wheel locking the belt. The weight and length of the pendulum is specifically selected to only engage at or above a predetermined ...


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As Anarach says, this will entirely depend on the car in question. It can be easily stopped in any car by simply wearing the seatbelt...


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The safe way of turning seatbelt chime/alarm off During these steps, do not touch the brake at all shut the door. turn the key on and get your instrument panel on ODO and turn key off. turn the key back on, press reset knob immediately. hold reset knob for 12_15 seconds and fasten the seat belt. xxxx miles should turn to b_on. release and press one time, it ...


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Finding someone who has VCDS would be your easiest method of finding out what is happening. That will be able to read the body computer. Look around locally for a VW car club. With VCDS you will read through the normal ODBII cable, and on a computer you will have the ability to read codes, status, etc. on the body computer. A well equipped shop may have ...


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From what I can tell in the owner's manual (on page 52 of 360), the rear seat's center position uses a lap belt from the right (when viewed head on) to the left. This places the missing latch immediately beside the left seat's latch: Note carefully the caveat in that image, however: if equipped. You said you found the tongue, so you must have found that lap ...


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It could be from underneath the seat from accumulation of water originating from a rusted section of the wheel well . If there is a hole in the wheel well a spinning tire on a rainy day would propel water inside. It then accumulates and wicks up in the seat and exiting the seat belt hole. A body shop technician would confirm this and offer a repair solution....


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Whoever the "someone" is who said it is dangerous is correct. As suspected, seat belts in modern passenger vehicles have pretensioners which, when the airbags are deployed, fire first to tighten and lock the seatbelt in place. This puts the occupant into the correct position and holds them there prior to airbag deployment. This is done to protect the ...


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If I'm understanding your description correctly, you are describing a safety feature implemented to aid in the installation of child restraint devices. If a seatbelt is not "locked" then during normal driving the car-seat is capable of moving because the seatbeld is only partially secured allowing freedom of movement for comfort. While driving this creates ...


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Lets break this down into two pieces. The seat belt light: All this needs is a switch in the seat belt buckle. The switch in the buckle should be normally closed and when the seat belt is inserted the switch goes open. The seat belt bulb then is wired to a key on source, then to the switch and the other side of the switch is grounded. That simple. Assuming ...


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It should be coming from your speaker system. Your seat has a pressure switch that tells the system whether someone is sitting on it. If so, and you're not wearing a seatbelt, it will go off. The solution is to disconnect the plug to the switch. The danger is that you may inadvertently disconnect the airbag switch and cause weird lights and/or alarms to go ...


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I'm late to the game, but maybe it helps others as well... Your description should work, but there's one catch: make sure you follow the steps on the passenger seat not the driver seat. You also need to press the knob once to toggle it from b_on to b_off as HasH_BrowN wrote in his answer.


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Its not the local laws but the federal laws you have to be concerned about.1) if in an accident you, not the insurance company, can and will be held liable for any and all damage to property and persons, 2)you wont be able to get insurance for it because you made modifications that have not been properly tested, 3) you wont be able to sell the car for the ...


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Seat belts are anchored to the frame (not sure if you knew that), so in theory if you could find a lap belt that would be enough size, you would just need to drill two holes in the frame large enough for the seat belt bolts, spaced a decent width apart, and torque the bolts down to the spec of the other seat belt bolts in the rear. Not sure if you could ...


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Make sure it's not electrical. I can't speak to the land cruiser but I've replaced seat belts on a 2000 Tacoma, and there is some kind of relay activated by a small wiring harness. Basically if that is not plugged in, the reel will be completely locked. Maybe yours came loose or otherwise broke the circuit.


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The wiring controlling the seatbelt warning lamp will be connected to the seatbelt stalk (i.e. the bit you plug the belt into). Depending on how this is fixed to the car it may indeed go through the seat. At its most simple, it is simply two contacts that are bridged by the belt buckle to close a circuit, and if that is the case then simply bridging the ...


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