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Busted fuel door

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by rango120, Sep 14, 2021 at 8:19 AM.

  1. Sep 14, 2021 at 8:19 AM
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    rango120

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    Does anyone know if you can just replace the fuel door or is that something that Toyota will take care of? My door is hanging on slightly.. I tried to buy a new one with no luck yet. Just curious what the best route would be?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Sep 14, 2021 at 8:51 AM
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    grandpawmoses

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    Seems to be a common issue. Toyota will take care of it for $$$, I'm sure.
     
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    Yep, and don't forget to periodically grease the hinges on the new one.
     
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    yup - had to bend mine back and grease the hinges. Quite a frustrating little quirk
     
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    Unfortunately its called maintenance.
     
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    Maintenance not noted by Toyota - if it was included, it would be nice. Never happened on my '98 Tacoma either - luck of the draw I suppose.
     
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    Idk if toyota tells you when your door hinges need lubricating either, but it should be done when they get sticky.
     
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    verynearlypure

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    I hit my hinges once with white lithium years ago and it hasn’t need lubed since.
     
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    Touche' not disagreeing by any means - I am a pretty mechanically inclined individual and I honestly didn't even notice mine sticking until I pulled it open at the pump, went to close it and it didn't line up anymore. Luckily mine was able to be realigned and greased up!
     
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    in 25 years of driving I’ve never once greased the hinge of a fuel door, nor have I had any issues with a fuel door up until this Tacoma. The Tundra before it I had for eight years and the Jeep before that ten years. It IS a frustrating little quirk.
     
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    I had to grease the hinges on my 2001 tundra at lear once a year or it'd have issue's. Imo, you've been lucky.
     
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    Interesting, I mean it makes sense to grease the door, I’ve just never had to or thought to and I’m pretty good about maintenance. When the dealer replaced mine under warranty they were well aware of this issue, it sounded like they do several a month. I’ve had 8 Toyota’s and several domestics and never encountered this before.
     
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    I can't remember what i did for maintenance on my toyota pickups before i had the tundra, but i never had the need to replace a fuel door....and thats going back to the late 70's.
     
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    To prevent your fuel door from breaking here is some advice.

    If your arm looks like this, use 1 finger to open the door because you all are opening the thing way too hard.

    upload_2021-9-15_16-43-52.jpg
     
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    Appreciate all the insight friends. Any suggestions of specific lube to use?
     
  18. Sep 16, 2021 at 4:16 AM
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    grandpawmoses

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    I prefer the Fluid Film spray. It seems to stay on longer than WD-40.
    (But anything is better than nothing.)
     
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  19. Sep 16, 2021 at 5:15 AM
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    What are we talking about here? His door is hanging on slightly? Like broken hinge? 2nd gen to 3rd gen sucked. 2gentje actual door just had these press plate clamps you could bend to remove door. Gen 3 is Riveted. If it’s the door itself. Drill out the old rivets and install new ones. I had to take my door off to have it sense as a sample to color match my shell. So we drilled out the rivets took the door off put new rivets on and now everything is perfect I’ve never had any issues in my entire life with any vehicle and a fuel door problem and I’ve had some beaters in my day. I’ve never heard of nor has anyone ever told me until this Thread that you have to periodically give maintenance to the fuel door how ridiculous
     
  20. Sep 16, 2021 at 5:18 AM
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    Mine was all bet out of shape for some reason, could of been due to no lubrication. i tried bending it every time i fuled up and it never sat correct. I had it replaced by the body shop associated with the local dealer. They did all the work up front after the initial visit, prime/paint ect. showed up a week later and took them about an hour to put it on, fits perfectly. Was under $200 all said and done, worth it to me for the fit and finish. as we all know we spend too much time at the gas station and it bugged me every time i filled up.
     

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