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Old 07-28-2010, 07:33 AM   #1
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Need help fast!!! locking gas tank door is stuck

Hey there i went to get gas this morning and when i went to unlock the gas tank door the key wouldn't budge at all just bent. i played with for a lil while until i gave up and went home. i went home and grabbed my good set of keys and tried and the key will turn to where it will unlock but the door will not unlock. I really dont wanna have to drill it out but it might be a only option right now. any help is greatly appreciated, Thanks yall
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:36 AM   #2
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some lube may help......an old trick is to rub a pencil repeatedly on the key and keep inserting and repeating....the graphite works as a non-oily lube.

is there a remote release from inside the truck (mine does not have but my son's 88 4runner has one)

good luck man.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:42 AM   #3
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thanks for the fast response 92 toy!!! ima go try that pencil trick. right now my spare keys are not even turning but my factory key is turning it enough to where it should be unlocking but its not. i cant think of a reason why. oh and the truck is a 1992 toyota ex-cab pickup if that helps
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i know there is a clip that holds the mechanism there....would it help if i took a pic of mine so you can see the inside / back of the lock??
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yes it would help alot!!! lol
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:53 AM   #6
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Small blade screwdriver.

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:55 AM   #7
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here it is anyway

maybe spray some lube towards the rear of it

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:57 AM   #8
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WABBIT.....do you think if he reaches in with a butter knife or something he could get that part to push down?? the part that moves when you turn the key.

i'm outta time.....good luck bud......i'll check later
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just rip the door off, it looks cool anyways..
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:59 AM   #10
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i got ya 92 toy. i actually sprayed lube on that part a couple months ago and havent had a problem till today but the problem is now the whole lid wont open at all
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went out and tried....can't trip that mechanism.

i'm assuming the screwdriver is to turn the actual tumblers forcefully......i guess if all else fails, you've got a busted lock anyway and you need it open....so go to it.
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of the lock IS working , and releasing.....get a suction cup and pull the door open.....mne gets bound up a little soetimes
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i might drill it out for now like a couple of my friends have done but i really dont wanna.
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dang 92 toy i never thought of that i might go try that, thanks. lol
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Mine sticks, can you not just push on the door as you're turning the key? And when you get that sucker open make sure you grease that tab really well. Good luck.
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well i just went out and messed with it and it opened but the thing is that tab is not in that bad of shape??? i might just grease it up and hope it stops
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well i just went out and messed with it and it opened but the thing is that tab is not in that bad of shape??? i might just grease it up and hope it stops
I'd wire brush the hell out of it, then grease it up - obviously be sure to cycle it back and forth a bunch of times after you grease it.

I'd recommend getting an aerosol white lithium grease - that way it will expand within the mechanism versus the liquid/gel grease that is hard to get any penetration with.

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hey fink where can you get that at???
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hey fink where can you get that at???
I got mine at Toyota but you can get it just about anywhere.

I know O'Reillys carries DuPont...



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go to a motorcycle shop and get a can chain lube. that stuff creeps into anything and last a long time..
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