Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > ES Models > ES300 and ES330
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Out of Gas and Gas Door Won't Open...

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-06-04, 08:59 AM   #1
spxChrome
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
spxChrome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 478
Send a message via ICQ to spxChrome
Arrow Out of Gas and Gas Door Won't Open...

Hey Guys,

The other day the little hinge broke from inside the Gas Cap door. I went ahead and filled the car up with gas. But now I am out of gas and went to fill up again today but can not get the gas cap door open. The button inside the car and the little pulley in the trunck will not open the door. Anyone have any suggestions I been riding on a red light for a few miles and now I am stuck. I could pry it with a screwdriver?? But don't want to chip the paint. Any help would be greatly appriciated.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
__________________
2006 LS 430 & 2004 RX 330
====================
retired: 1999 ES 300, 1993 LS 400
spxChrome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-04, 09:37 AM   #2
steviej
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
steviej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Scituate, MA
Posts: 2,423
Default

of course you need to replace the spring hinge, but you knew that.

Without the spinge hinge the door doesn't "pop" when you hit the button. The lock will release but the door doesn't move. To get it open you need to have something that will open the door while you hit the button or pull the handle in the trunk.

I have used in the past:
1. a q-tip. inset the q-tip in between the door and the body of the car. have someone hit the button while you use the soft end to apply pressure to the backside of the edge of gas fill door to get it open. The soft end will bind up behind the door and push it ajar just enough for you to get a finger on it.

2. Safe release masking tape. use it to stick to the door, hit the trunk button or pull the handle. Use the tape to open the door. The safe release tape will peel off very easily from the paint and not leave any residue nor will it harm the paint.

steviej
__________________
2006 GS300 AWD (Glacier Frost Mica)
18" Graphite G-Spiders w/Michelin Pilot Sport A/S, JDM mudguards, CarsonTuned Roof Spoiler, 3M clear bra. PIAA Spark Blue (7500k) Fogs, Goodridge G-Stop Stainless Steel Brake Lines
steviej is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-04, 09:57 AM   #3
spxChrome
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
spxChrome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 478
Send a message via ICQ to spxChrome
Default

Thanks Steviej,

That worked like a champ.
__________________
2006 LS 430 & 2004 RX 330
====================
retired: 1999 ES 300, 1993 LS 400

Last edited by spxChrome; 11-06-04 at 09:57 AM..
spxChrome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-04, 10:39 PM   #4
Romadoc
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Georgia
Posts: 15
Default

Had the same problem today. The friendly Lexus dealer charged a total of $6.50 to change the broken spring.
Romadoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-04, 01:33 AM   #5
O. L. T.
Keeper of the light
Trader Score: (15)
 
O. L. T.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: 1997
Posts: 33,540
Default

$6.50 is cheaper than a handshake there Most handshakes get you $50k in debt
__________________
Mercedes C Class | 19" Staggered Zenetti's | HID's
OESpectrum Suspension | K&N filters | 2" drop

O. L. T. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-04, 03:10 AM   #6
George Hsieh
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
George Hsieh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 412
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Romadoc
Had the same problem today. The friendly Lexus dealer charged a total of $6.50 to change the broken spring.
are you for real????? cause the last time I went check they told me that I have to change the whole fuel door.. . it's not going to be $6.50 in my case...





George
__________________
http://www.clublexus.com/gallery/data/500/sigxk1.jpg
1998 Windom, dual Apxi N-1. TRD 6piece body kit. 18in SSR Strusse. H&R 1in drop. Tokico blue shocks. whiteline sway bar FRONT and REAR. Brembo slotted/drilled rotors.
Debage ES300 replace with Windom. Injen intake. Two 12 rockford HE2, 850s rockfrod amp. 1f capactor. HID 7000K
George Hsieh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-04, 04:22 AM   #7
Romadoc
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Georgia
Posts: 15
Default

According to my bill from Hennessy Lexus 5880 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.

part number: 77360-33020 spring assy, fuel
List. $6.07
Tax 0.43


Total: $6.50

There was also a bin location: A2A4

Last edited by Romadoc; 11-18-04 at 07:29 AM..
Romadoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-06, 11:20 AM   #8
slick20
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: pa
Posts: 49
Default

untill you able to get the door spring fixed,i have away to make this a one person operation.all you need is something to put under the relase lever to hold it up. you can than take yuor thumb and push on the left side of fuel door where hindge is door should come open.
slick20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-06, 02:07 PM   #9
spxChrome
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
spxChrome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 478
Send a message via ICQ to spxChrome
Default

Well it only took 1 year and 2 months but I got this fixed last week. Cost me $4 and they installed it for free.
__________________
2006 LS 430 & 2004 RX 330
====================
retired: 1999 ES 300, 1993 LS 400
spxChrome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-14, 09:00 PM   #10
d1bartelt
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
d1bartelt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Md
Posts: 2
Default binder clip

You can also use a small binder clip as a spring.
Watch this video on how to do it:
d1bartelt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-14, 11:43 AM   #11
Chuckinnj
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 68
Default

Grab one of those SMALL black spring clips with the foldable handles (used for paper clips) and clip it to the upper area of the fuel door with the handles open.......... Works great!
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Chuckinnj; 08-10-14 at 04:24 PM..
Chuckinnj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-14, 12:18 PM   #12
crwys
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: California
Posts: 67
Default

Lmao one year and two months.

Isn't there a lever you can pull in your trunk that opens the tank? My 1999 Lexus ES300 has one. Or would that not work if the button is broken? (I've never had to use it or know how it works, I just know it opens my gas tank)
crwys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-14, 12:44 PM   #13
MrBooby
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (1)
 
MrBooby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 2,820
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by crwys View Post
Lmao one year and two months.

Isn't there a lever you can pull in your trunk that opens the tank? My 1999 Lexus ES300 has one. Or would that not work if the button is broken? (I've never had to use it or know how it works, I just know it opens my gas tank)
The OP said that he tried that with no luck. The problem is not in the locking mechanism, but in the spring that pushes the door ajar.
MrBooby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-14, 12:44 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I broke something inside the gas cap lid GS-F GS - Third Generation 5 02-10-14 07:11 PM
gas tank door not opening? GsDrew GS - Second Generation 9 11-28-12 09:53 PM
Gas Door Avsfan67 ES350 (2007 - 2012) 3 08-23-12 05:59 PM
Fuel Door Closure Issue SilverSprt GS - Third Generation 18 06-01-10 10:56 PM
Big problem...my gas tank door wont open. maxmethods GS - Second Generation 8 06-19-07 12:20 PM


Tags
2000, 7736033020, cap, car, door, es300, fuel, gas, hit, lexus, open, opening, pn, spring, wont

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:54 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info