1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

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Old 12 Sep 2005, 11:08 pm   #1 (permalink)
Ron Lee
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Default 1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

Has anyone replaced a fuel door spring? How did you get out the hinge
pin? I have tried pulling with pliers. Tapping with a small nail
inserted in the hinge and a hammer. Sprayed with silicone spray. None of
this did the trick. Other ideas anyone?

Thanks, Ron
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Old 13 Sep 2005, 01:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Has anyone replaced a fuel door spring? How did you get out the hinge
> pin? I have tried pulling with pliers. Tapping with a small nail
> inserted in the hinge and a hammer. Sprayed with silicone spray. None of
> this did the trick. Other ideas anyone?
>
> Thanks, Ron


Do not know, however, is it your intention to replace it with a much
stronger spring? I find the spring in my 99 Camry CE is poor
engineered--should have been a lot stronger. Every winter there are problems
with either it or the spring pushing that little black prong which holds the
fuel door closed.


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Old 13 Sep 2005, 10:44 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

In article <pXtVe.237268$HI.167517@edtnps84>,
"Sharx35" <sharx35@hotmail.com> wrote:

> "Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:rgl4508-A66ADF.00081313092005@news.east.earthlink.net...
> > Has anyone replaced a fuel door spring? How did you get out the hinge
> > pin? I have tried pulling with pliers. Tapping with a small nail
> > inserted in the hinge and a hammer. Sprayed with silicone spray. None of
> > this did the trick. Other ideas anyone?
> >
> > Thanks, Ron

>
> Do not know, however, is it your intention to replace it with a much
> stronger spring? I find the spring in my 99 Camry CE is poor
> engineered--should have been a lot stronger. Every winter there are problems
> with either it or the spring pushing that little black prong which holds the
> fuel door closed.


Bought replacement spring from Toyota dealer. If I can't remove hinge
pin I guess I will have to improvise another spring. Perhaps something
stronger.

Thanks, Ron
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Old 13 Sep 2005, 10:18 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

Daughter's '99 Camry had the same kind of problem, the little torsion
spring on the hinge pin broke, so instead of buying a replacement for it, I
looked through my junk box and found a small compression spring and fastened
it to the latch side of the door.
Works great and it was a free fix.


"Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Has anyone replaced a fuel door spring? How did you get out the hinge
> pin? I have tried pulling with pliers. Tapping with a small nail
> inserted in the hinge and a hammer. Sprayed with silicone spray. None of
> this did the trick. Other ideas anyone?
>
> Thanks, Ron



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Old 15 Sep 2005, 01:25 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

I had to change my 99 LE fuel door spring about two years ago and was
surprised to find out it was plastic, not metal. But, I did NOT have to
remove the fuel door or hinge pin to do it. The Toyota dealer said it was a
two minute job if you knew how and that was about right. Of course I spent
the first ten minutes figuring out how to get the old piece out.

"Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Has anyone replaced a fuel door spring? How did you get out the hinge
> pin? I have tried pulling with pliers. Tapping with a small nail
> inserted in the hinge and a hammer. Sprayed with silicone spray. None of
> this did the trick. Other ideas anyone?
>
> Thanks, Ron



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Old 15 Sep 2005, 02:41 am   #6 (permalink)
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In article <5t8We.35444$ct5.31845@fed1read04>, "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net>
wrote:

> I had to change my 99 LE fuel door spring about two years ago and was
> surprised to find out it was plastic, not metal. But, I did NOT have to
> remove the fuel door or hinge pin to do it. The Toyota dealer said it was a
> two minute job if you knew how and that was about right. Of course I spent
> the first ten minutes figuring out how to get the old piece out.
>


I have the old piece out. Can you explain how to put in the new spring
without removing the hinge pin?

Thanks, Ron
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Old 17 Sep 2005, 09:05 am   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

Since no one has answered that actually knows, and it seems there must
be an obvious answer, how about this for a complete guess:
position the gas door half way open, compress the new spring and insert
it from the outside working the ends into position before releasing
tension.

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Old 17 Sep 2005, 10:49 am   #8 (permalink)
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Ok, I will post this to the group just in case it is helpful:

I'll try after going out and looking at it again. As I said mine was two
years ago. But, when the Service Writer at Toyota said he could do it in the
service lane if I had the part - and he was then busy, I took it home and
gave it a try.

You can see when you have the new part that it does not go around the hinge
pin. It is open on one side and clamps over the hinge pin. That clamping
over part was the last step as I recall.

With the door wide open I slid the new part behind the metal piece it hooks
over but only part way because the hinge area blocks it moving more than a
mm or so. When I had it partially hooked on the end nearest me I began
closing the door while maintaining light forward pressure (towards the tank)
on the clip. At about the 2/3rds closed point there was enough clearance for
the other end to slip forward the rest of the way so the U-shaped part was
right over the hinge pin. I don't recall how I got pressure on it to snap it
down, but I think there was then enough clearance to open the door wider
again and get a thumb on it. I may have used a screwdriver to push the clip
forward towards the tank at the earlier part where I began closing the door
to get clearance as it is pretty tight when trying to get a hand in there.

Sorry I can't be more help but I did it - and afterward I could see why the
service writer offered to do it for nothing. He said they saw a lot of them.
Mentally my problem was thinking I had to remove the door hinge, but when I
had the new part I could see it didn't go thru it, just around, but you're
past that part (I just checked the newsgroup now).


"Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> In article <5t8We.35444$ct5.31845@fed1read04>, "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net>
> wrote:
>
>> I had to change my 99 LE fuel door spring about two years ago and was
>> surprised to find out it was plastic, not metal. But, I did NOT have to
>> remove the fuel door or hinge pin to do it. The Toyota dealer said it
>> was a
>> two minute job if you knew how and that was about right. Of course I
>> spent
>> the first ten minutes figuring out how to get the old piece out.
>>

>
> I have the old piece out. Can you explain how to put in the new spring
> without removing the hinge pin?
>
> Thanks, Ron



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Old 18 Sep 2005, 10:36 am   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1999 LE fuel door hinge pin

Worked just like you described. Of course it took two people (wife and
I) to open fuel door, since no spring attached, then about 10 seconds to
install spring. I used a long screwdriver. Works just fine now.

Thank you, Ron


In article <7WWWe.23902$sx2.23441@fed1read02>, "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net>
wrote:

> Ok, I will post this to the group just in case it is helpful:
>
> I'll try after going out and looking at it again. As I said mine was two
> years ago. But, when the Service Writer at Toyota said he could do it in the
> service lane if I had the part - and he was then busy, I took it home and
> gave it a try.
>
> You can see when you have the new part that it does not go around the hinge
> pin. It is open on one side and clamps over the hinge pin. That clamping
> over part was the last step as I recall.
>
> With the door wide open I slid the new part behind the metal piece it hooks
> over but only part way because the hinge area blocks it moving more than a
> mm or so. When I had it partially hooked on the end nearest me I began
> closing the door while maintaining light forward pressure (towards the tank)
> on the clip. At about the 2/3rds closed point there was enough clearance for
> the other end to slip forward the rest of the way so the U-shaped part was
> right over the hinge pin. I don't recall how I got pressure on it to snap it
> down, but I think there was then enough clearance to open the door wider
> again and get a thumb on it. I may have used a screwdriver to push the clip
> forward towards the tank at the earlier part where I began closing the door
> to get clearance as it is pretty tight when trying to get a hand in there.
>
> Sorry I can't be more help but I did it - and afterward I could see why the
> service writer offered to do it for nothing. He said they saw a lot of them.
> Mentally my problem was thinking I had to remove the door hinge, but when I
> had the new part I could see it didn't go thru it, just around, but you're
> past that part (I just checked the newsgroup now).
>
>
> "Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:rgl4508-B9405C.03411715092005@news.east.earthlink.net...
> > In article <5t8We.35444$ct5.31845@fed1read04>, "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I had to change my 99 LE fuel door spring about two years ago and was
> >> surprised to find out it was plastic, not metal. But, I did NOT have to
> >> remove the fuel door or hinge pin to do it. The Toyota dealer said it
> >> was a
> >> two minute job if you knew how and that was about right. Of course I
> >> spent
> >> the first ten minutes figuring out how to get the old piece out.
> >>

> >
> > I have the old piece out. Can you explain how to put in the new spring
> > without removing the hinge pin?
> >
> > Thanks, Ron

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Old 18 Sep 2005, 10:43 am   #10 (permalink)
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Right, I forgot that part - my wife helped me get it open too!

Orv

"Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Worked just like you described. Of course it took two people (wife and
> I) to open fuel door, since no spring attached, then about 10 seconds to
> install spring. I used a long screwdriver. Works just fine now.
>
> Thank you, Ron
>
>
> In article <7WWWe.23902$sx2.23441@fed1read02>, "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net>
> wrote:
>
>> Ok, I will post this to the group just in case it is helpful:
>>
>> I'll try after going out and looking at it again. As I said mine was two
>> years ago. But, when the Service Writer at Toyota said he could do it in
>> the
>> service lane if I had the part - and he was then busy, I took it home and
>> gave it a try.
>>
>> You can see when you have the new part that it does not go around the
>> hinge
>> pin. It is open on one side and clamps over the hinge pin. That clamping
>> over part was the last step as I recall.
>>
>> With the door wide open I slid the new part behind the metal piece it
>> hooks
>> over but only part way because the hinge area blocks it moving more than
>> a
>> mm or so. When I had it partially hooked on the end nearest me I began
>> closing the door while maintaining light forward pressure (towards the
>> tank)
>> on the clip. At about the 2/3rds closed point there was enough clearance
>> for
>> the other end to slip forward the rest of the way so the U-shaped part
>> was
>> right over the hinge pin. I don't recall how I got pressure on it to snap
>> it
>> down, but I think there was then enough clearance to open the door wider
>> again and get a thumb on it. I may have used a screwdriver to push the
>> clip
>> forward towards the tank at the earlier part where I began closing the
>> door
>> to get clearance as it is pretty tight when trying to get a hand in
>> there.
>>
>> Sorry I can't be more help but I did it - and afterward I could see why
>> the
>> service writer offered to do it for nothing. He said they saw a lot of
>> them.
>> Mentally my problem was thinking I had to remove the door hinge, but when
>> I
>> had the new part I could see it didn't go thru it, just around, but
>> you're
>> past that part (I just checked the newsgroup now).
>>
>>
>> "Ron Lee" <rgl4508@earthlink.net> wrote in message
>> news:rgl4508-B9405C.03411715092005@news.east.earthlink.net...
>> > In article <5t8We.35444$ct5.31845@fed1read04>, "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net>
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> >> I had to change my 99 LE fuel door spring about two years ago and was
>> >> surprised to find out it was plastic, not metal. But, I did NOT have
>> >> to
>> >> remove the fuel door or hinge pin to do it. The Toyota dealer said it
>> >> was a
>> >> two minute job if you knew how and that was about right. Of course I
>> >> spent
>> >> the first ten minutes figuring out how to get the old piece out.
>> >>
>> >
>> > I have the old piece out. Can you explain how to put in the new spring
>> > without removing the hinge pin?
>> >
>> > Thanks, Ron



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