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Bend fuel door hinge???

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Korywithak, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. Nov 25, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    Korywithak

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    So I got gas the other day.... went to close the fuel door and its a MESS. All bent out of alignment and fitment. I didn't understand, but looking closer it looks like the pin in the hinge corroded to the hinge itself and bent it as I opened it!!!

    Of course its not screwed on, so I can't take it off to correct... anyone else have this problem?

    For the record: 16 with 36xxx miles
     
  2. Nov 25, 2018 at 1:13 PM
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    Do you live in an area that uses salt on the roads in the winter? That would explain the corrosion. I make it a point to clean the inside of the fuel door when washing.
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2018 at 1:17 PM
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    BillsSR5

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    take it back before the warranty runs out
     
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  4. Nov 25, 2018 at 1:19 PM
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    Might be past warranty mileage already. Not sure if corrosion is covered for 36K?
     
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    Common issue on Tacomas. I believe the owner's manual suggests lubricating hinges and latches every 6 months under the maintenance section. I always give the fuel door hinge a shot of Fluid Film a couple times a year on my 2014 Tacoma and it still moves nice and smooth.
     
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    You are supposed to lubricate it regularly. Once it started to get harder to open, several weeks ago, you lubricate it. Takes five seconds. I use a dry lock lube but anything is better than nothing. I will use some white lithium grease before it gets too cold.
     
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    I used Silicone spray on mine
     
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    Mine needed a lube spray after about a year, started getting stiff to open. Definitely want to lube it before it gets too bad
     
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    Sorry, I tried to search but I couldn't find anything.... maybe I am not searching right.
    It look pretty much like the pics in the other thread... I tried to bend it back, but I can't get it back to were it was... GRRR.
    So frustrating. I will definitely lube it from now on...

    I wish I would have know about this "issue"... I never once lubed any other fuel door on any vehicle (all toyotas) I have ever had before. :(
     
  12. Nov 25, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    It's not an issue, it's a maintenance item. There are lots of maintenance items on this truck. Read up.
     

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