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  1. #1
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    Default fuel door lost spring back

    Is there a simple fix to restore the fuel door which has lost its springback Or does it require some not-worthwhile disassembly?
    I could try to rig some velcro to keep it closed while driving.
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    It's pretty common and not too hard to fix. I replaced the spring and hinge

    There's even a nice how to video on the hinge page I linked to.


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    Mine broke at the latch on the chassis itself so was a bigger issue. But I just took two button magnets and glued one to the chassis (bottom left) and one to the door and its worked fine for years. Can't lock it but that's ok.

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    Itís either the spring, which is $4, or the hinge, which is $15. The retaining clips on the hinge can break, leaving the spring loose. Just fix it properly.

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    Astro is right to fix it correctly -- my "fix" was the wrong suggestion -- I looked this morning and I have a different problem and remembered why I had to do the magnets, as I understand I'd have to replace the door and get it painted to restore the latch:

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