Question about 2001 Nissan Altima
MY GAS TANK LEVER BROKE AND NOW I CAN'T FILL UP FOR GAS. HOW DO YOU REPAIR IT?
If you can't glue the handle back on, e.g. with urethane glue (gorilla glue, Elmers Nano, etc.; use as directed, cleaning lever and plastic cover with soap and water just before gluing) then you can just buy a part like Nissan 84640-9E000 (1998 Altima exact replacement; Nissan call it a Handle- Trunk & Gas Door Release.)
That will work fine as long as the gas filler door mechanism isn't messed up; go check for obstructions once you open the door, presumably by using a small locking pliers over a cloth or some rubber on the lever (or the cable wire.)
The trick is, you get to replace it with the door open; use a blade screwdriver to pry the running-board trim up, unscrew the bolt on the trim to the left and pry that off, undo some expander bolts holding the carpet across the running-board area, and wrangle the carpet away from the lever you want to replace. Some 10mm wrench work gets the lever loose, and you tilt the loosened stuff forwards to be able to remove the cable. Regrease the bolts and cable run as well as you can. Thread the new handle through the carpet before you bolt it in; it's harder to set up and bolt, but you don't have to cut the carpet or remove the seat!
Posted on Mar 14, 2010
If you don't want to shell out the $20 or so for a new lever then pull a "Fonzi" on the gas tank door - hinged side. Use the side of your fist to hit the door (on the left side) and it should open after one of two hits. This is a much better alternative to prying the door open which can chip the paint.
Posted on Feb 20, 2012
I have the same problem, I have removed the handle and pulled the carpet away from the door guard and pull the cable with my hand. It does not take alot of pressure to release the handle. I am going to tie a piece of small rope (shoe lace thick) to the cable.
Posted on Sep 20, 2008
Well mine is starting to do the same thing. the trunk pops open not the lever for the gas to open door. The handle on the lever seems to sliding off tried to reslide it in and still nothing. I guess I will have to take to mechanic.
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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