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Old 09-30-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
subeman90
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Default fuel door issue

anyone having trouble keeping the fuel door closed properly. mine always looks like it is slightly open and it will stay closed better if I slam the pi$$ out of it. Anyone else having an issue?

I really wish it had a pull to open it like an OB does.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
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Yes this happens on my 05 too....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:55 AM   #3
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Default Easy fix...

Had the same problem on my 05. A little spray lube (WD40) inside the hinges fixed it, they were not closing all the way. Just be sure to protect the body with a rag from overspray! Work the hinge back and forth a few times and it should close like when it was new.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:48 AM   #4
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WD40 tends to be a temporary fix on hinges. Some white lithium spray grease would work wonders instead.
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:15 AM   #5
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You are correct! I forgot until you mentioned it, but after the WD to loosen it I hit it with white lithium grease. You can buy a spray can of it just like WD, but it stays better. Thanks!
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:46 AM   #6
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Default My fix for the fuel door issue

What I did was remove the two #10MM bolts that attach the fuel door to the body. Then took some heavy oil and applied to the hinge of the fuel door. Opened and closed a number of times. It now closes with ease.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:56 PM   #7
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no issues with it yet... 05 with 38K... and they pump our gas in oregon so I only open it when I wash the car
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:10 PM   #8
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No issues on my 03 yet. Yay! At least I know what to do now if I ever experience this issue.

Yeah, that Oregon 'they pump your gas' caught me by surprise. I live in Washington State and drove to Oregon to meet someone. I had to get gas and got out to pump and tada, someone was there to do it for me.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:42 PM   #9
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they do that in Jersey too but there they like to wash the side of a car with gas. I almost beat the crap out of a guy who ran gas down the side of my 05 OBS with only 900 miles on it. Grrrrrr
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:52 PM   #10
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they do that in Jersey too but there they like to wash the side of a car with gas. I almost beat the crap out of a guy who ran gas down the side of my 05 OBS with only 900 miles on it. Grrrrrr
That's why I don't let them pump for me...even though the customer isn't supposed to under the NJ law.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:15 AM   #11
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Had to take the fuel door and hinge assembly off in order to properly lube with white lithium grease. Works like a charm now.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:10 AM   #12
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must be an issue with the newer Bajas, I have never had a problem with this on my 2003. Ever.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:25 PM   #13
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must be an issue with the newer Bajas, I have never had a problem with this on my 2003. Ever.
It happened to my '03 about a year after I got it, and the dealer replaced the door assembly under warranty - no further problem......
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:34 PM   #14
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Go figure.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:50 PM   #15
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Thanks! I was just thinking about how irritating this is on my '06. They styled it like a racing fuel cover, but to me it looked plasticky and cheap. I got my Baja just a few months ago, and it was always not flush. At least I know now it shouldn't be that way and there's a fix.

Slightly off topic, I saw a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport yesterday, and noticed the fuel cap was also a racing style, but much nicer with a metal finish. Wish the Baja's had a cover more like that.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:30 PM   #16
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Thank god I found this thread. Has happened to my 05 too and I've been fiddling with the latch part :-P. Going to try this when I get home...
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