How to Replace Rear Seat Belts in a Toyota Camryby Christian Killian
If you need to replace the rear seat belts in your Toyota Camry, you can buy new assemblies from a Toyota dealer, aftermarket supplier or get a used set from a salvage yard. If your belts are worn or frayed, the locking mechanism doesn't hold or the belt retractor doesn't function correctly, it is a good idea to replace them. If the seat belts do not function properly and your car is involved in a collision the occupants could be seriously injured.
Locate and remove the four mounting bolts along the front edge of the lower seat cushion. The bolts can be easily removed with a socket and ratchet.
Lift the front of the seat cushion and pull it forward. Remove the cushion from the car for better access to the seat belts.
Locate the retaining bolts holding the shorter anchor belt to the floor. Remove the bolt with a socket and ratchet. Remove the anchor belts from the car.
Locate the anchor bolt on the side wall near the floor for the shoulder belts. Remove it with a socket and ratchet.
Move up to the top of the shoulder belt and locate the turning loop bracket. Remove the plastic trim cover and remove the bolt under it with a socket and ratchet. Remove the turning loop bracket from the side wall.
Locate the retaining bolt that holds the belt retractor to the sidewall. Remove the bolt with a socket and ratchet then remove the belt retractor. Remove the entire belt assembly from the car.
Install the new anchor belts by placing the bracket on the end of the belt on the floor and installing the mounting bolt. Tighten the bolt with a socket and ratchet.
Install the new shoulder belts by aligning the anchor loop with the hole in the sidewall near the floor and installing the mounting bolt. Tighten it with a socket and ratchet. Install the turning loop bracket and mounting bolt up on the side wall near the roof. Tighten the bolt with a socket and ratchet.
Position the belt retractor in the spot that you removed the old one from and align the mounting holes. Insert the mounting bolt and tighten it with a socket and ratchet.
Torque each mounting bolt in the seat belt system to 32 foot-pounds with a torque wrench. Install the rear bottom seat cushion and insert the four mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts with a socket and ratchet then torque to 14 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.
Things You'll Need
- Metric socket set
- Torque wrench
Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.