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I have a 2014.5 Camry SE. I pulled into gas station earlier and my gas door won't open when I pull the release next to the trunk release on the side of the driver's seat. I tried sticking a pen in the opening created when the release is fully pulled, leaving it at a ~45 degree angle. The gas door still would not open. Pressing on it from different angles and on different parts of the door did not open it either - with or without the pen inserted. I can slightly bend the right bottom corner open but not enough to get much leverage.

Any thoughts on how to fix this? None of my local Austin Toyota service centers were open at 5:30pm on a Saturday. I was hoping to go drive for a rideshare company later tonight and make some money but my gas light is on.

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Mine did this and had to have a guy open it while holding the lever to release it.


then I found the "spring" that was supposed to open it and adjusted it, been fine ever since.


Marc, see what I mean about the Camry being a shitbox?!?!
 

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Another option to try is a business card or credit card may be able to pop it if you pry on the right hand side while pulling on the lever trying to open it.
 

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Very odd failure for a late model Camry with a relatively simple two point connection cable system?

Definitely need a helper to hold gas release full up and someone to manipulate the the gas door with non marring tools.

If the door pop spring is broke it should open easily. maybe try a magnet?

If the cable is broke (really doubt that) you won't feel any resistance actuating the lever.

You can pull back the trunk lining on the left side and actually see and feel the cable and plastic housing, and look for an anomaly there?

Mine takes less that 1/8 th of an inch lift to release door, well before 45 degree max travel limit of release lever.

Nevertheless, locking gas doors is a pretty silly conception as all you need is a big flathead screwdriver to pop the door open causing more damage than letting the Hillary supporters siphon your gas.
 

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The locking gas flap is the most annoying "feature" on any of my cars. A 2 year old with determination could easily get the damn thing open (with damage). It's not going to stop anybody who wants in.
 

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Unfortunately, the helper did not improve the situation. When she was pulling the gas door release, I could still not open the door.

I ended up having to use a thin rigid putty knife to jimmy it open. I don't know what it's called but I'm guessing the button or whatever on the right side is spring loaded and is supposed to retract when the gas door release is pulled. It is not doing that.

Any ideas on how I need to fix that?
 

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Still have warranty?

If not... is the latch moving at all when you pull the lever?

The whole thing is a pretty simple cable that pulls on it. Shouldn't be too hard to track down.
 

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Go to Toyota dealer they will replace the spring that opens the gas door. No charge, takes 15 minutes. Original gas door
spring is too weak.
Jmarkuna

I have a 2014.5 Camry SE. I pulled into gas station earlier and my gas door won't open when I pull the release next to the trunk release on the side of the driver's seat. I tried sticking a pen in the opening created when the release is fully pulled, leaving it at a ~45 degree angle. The gas door still would not open. Pressing on it from different angles and on different parts of the door did not open it either - with or without the pen inserted. I can slightly bend the right bottom corner open but not enough to get much leverage.

Any thoughts on how to fix this? None of my local Austin Toyota service centers were open at 5:30pm on a Saturday. I was hoping to go drive for a rideshare company later tonight and make some money but my gas light is on.

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Hi
Go to Toyota dealer they will replace the spring that opens the gas door. No charge, takes 15 minutes. Original gas door
spring is too weak.
Jmarkuna
Where is this dealer that does something free? I want to go there.

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I'll get at it via the trunk tonight. No sense taking it in to the dealer if they're going to charge me. Not to mention the time I'd have to waste scheduling it, waiting around there, etc. I'd rather take care of it myself.

Thanks for everyone's help! I'll report back...

FYI, this guy's video, while not for a 2014, shows what I'll be looking for -
 

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Ive seen alot of VW jettas around with missing gas doors, guess theres problems with both
I got a VW as a rental car once. took me 15 minutes to open the gas cap. Turned out you had to unlock the doors to open the gas door. stupidest design i have ever seen. My issue with those locking doors is i rather have someone siphon gas out of my tank than rip that door off and do the same thing. Its not going to keep anyone out of your tank. and they are usually painted the color of your car which makes replacing it even more of a hassle.

Down here in houston if you put a locking gas cap on your car they just drill a hole n the bottom of the gas tank. Ill take them siphoning through the fill tube any day over that stuff.
 

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my guess is that the cable was stretched out
because the lever was continuously pulled on too hard.

It may just be as simple as adjusting the nut
to allow the release pin to retract inward more.

Good luck... I think that video gets you in the ball park.
 

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My 2005 Avalon gas hatch will not open if I have been driving in freezing weather. I try to remember not to shut the hatch before I get from Ohio to Florida.
 

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I never followed up on my original post here and it may help some other folks dealing with this issue...

It ended up being a problem with the gas door lever. There is a cable that runs from that gas door lever mounted on the floor, next to the front driver seat and the trunk release lever, all the way back to the gas door. When you pull the lever, the gas door opens...

There is a ball at the end of that metal cable and it is supposed to be securely seated in the lever's mechanism. Well the plastic housing that was previously securing the ball had broken, so when I was pulling the lever, it wasn't doing a damn thing because there was no tension in the cable!

I only discovered this by unbolting the lever assembly/mechanism that was mounted to the floor just to take a look and try to figure out how the system worked.

I managed to find a replacement gas door lever at a junk yard for ~$15. Shout out to LKQ Pick Your Part! It was this part:


It's item 77306 on this diagram:
 
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