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The gas tank door won't open with the lever, only if I put something under the lever after pulling it up I can pry open the door

The gas door won't open with the lever

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  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    There is no entry for key

  • Rafique Sheikh Aug 29, 2009

    Yes the spring was missing. I tried finding it at a junkyard but for some odd reason all toyotas of the same model year were missing this part at the yard. The dealership quoted something over $15 for the part. I just took a spring from a '89 model year camry and put that on the fuel door on my car. It works like a champ, cost = $0 not counting the $2 entry fee to the junk yard.



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More than likely the metal spring on the inside of the gas door is broken where the plastic attaches. Have someone hold the fuel door lever in the release position while you gently use a flat head screw drive to open the door. The part should cost you less than $10 at Toyota.

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  • carbo_98 Sep 12, 2010

    On a Toytota, there is a metal clip on the gans tank door. You can see it if you have two Toyota to compare the view. The spring controls the plastic pin to let the door open, but it is the metal clip that pops the door open. If the control switch inside the car is working, the switch releases the plastic pin, but without the spring, the gas tank door will not pop open. If someone release tjhe swtich inside the car, the other person can flip the door open with two old plastic credit card, it works for me. However, you still have to replace the metal clip.


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Cable is broken try opening it with the key

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