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Locking gas door nightmare

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Beefed Taco, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Beefed Taco

    Beefed Taco [OP] Taco Vending Machine Vendor

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    I found out the hard way that the keyed gas door locks are for looks only and just a visual deterrent for a thief. There's a plastic piece on the key cylinder that can break if the door is pulled on. I broke one on a customers truck and was forced to use the one from my 99. I then broke the second one while installing it onto the key cylinder. :facepalm:

    A simple run to the salvage yard should be the cure...wrong. Nothing. A call to dealer and I discover a new one is $80! Ouch! I end up buying one for the customer's truck and now I have a truck with a gas door that can flop around.
     
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    Yep...but don't the Tacomas have screens that prevent siphoning?
     
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    Mine doesn't.
     
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    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    BamaToy1997 ASE Master Tech Vendor

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    All of the vehicles have a design in the tank inlet itself to prevent siphoning. It is not in the filler neck, it is at the tank itself.
     
  6. Beefed Taco

    Beefed Taco [OP] Taco Vending Machine Vendor

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    haha

    I hate new clever inventions that are one day going to screw me when I need to siphon gas from my own vehicle. :mad: Old trucks for me please.

    UPDATE: I've come to the conclusion I like my gas door better this way compared to when I had to bring a key out with me. It's 100 times easier. Just open door & fill up. Plus it never opens on it's own, but then I haven't cornered hard to the right yet either.
     
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    Mine is broken, too. Was when I bought it. The previous owner likely had a gasoline theft attempt. The key cylinder is still there, so thieves would think that its locked. Now I just use a rubber band to hold it closed. Works for me.
     
  8. Beefed Taco

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    yeah I use nothing, hasn't opened yet. Has the key slot so it looks locked. I like it better compared to when I had to use a key but I'll keep searching the yard for the plastic piece I need.
     
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    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

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    Why not just get a locking gas cap? The Murray caps at O'Reilly's work great... mines been on for 4 years now with zero issues.
     
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