Hardlymoving writes about do-it-yourself automobile maintenance on various makes and models.
New Fuel Door Spring
A part that often breaks on Toyotas is the fuel door spring. Fortunately this part is easy to replace and can be obtained for under $10. After you replace the spring, you can lubricate the door hinge lightly to allow the door to open and close with less effort.
The fuel door spring clip has two (2) retention points: one inside the door's lip and the other on the door's hinge pin.
Gas Door Clip Removal and Installation
If you can't open the gas door, have someone pull on the gas door release lever inside the car, while you use a plastic card (like a credit card) to pry open the gas door.
With the door halfway open, position a small screwdriver in front of the clip's door hinge pin and pry the clip off the hinge pin. Then pull the rest of the clip off of the gas door's clip lip.
For installation, with the door half way open, slide the new clip partially within the door's clip lip while at the same time positioning the other end of the clip between the hinge and pin. Then push the pin completely onto the door and snap the rest of the clip onto the hinge pin.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on August 06, 2013:
No. Click on the Amazon add for the item listed for $3.30. At a dealer, expect to pay around $10.
TCAM on August 06, 2013:
Are these springs only available through Toyota dealers and is there a
part number to order by.
hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on April 25, 2013:
Glad it worked out for you.
Ernie on April 25, 2013:
Directions to install new spring were great.
hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on September 19, 2011:
Hey Camry Cheapskate ... whatever works.
Camry Cheapskate on September 18, 2011:
Great Posts - Thanks for putting in the effort to share with us.
My 99 Camry has over 180,000 miles and is going strong.
When my gas door spring broke it failed where the metal spring attaches to the plastic clip. I used some scrap plastic and PVC cement to reattach it. I intended this to be temporary but since it has continued to work I've never replaced it with the proper part.