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Tacoma Fuel Door Lock

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Tacoma Fuel Door Lock by coletrain Jul 28, 2012

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This is the plastic piece that commonly breaks on Toyota Tacoma's that have locking fuel doors.

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This is a very simple fix if you have a 3D printer. I used both a makerbot and ultrabot to print the part. The ultrabot had a finer resoultion so the part came out with a better fit. The best way would be to first add a washer on, and then the cap, then the lock. Super glueing the lock and cap. The washer isn't shown, but would be good to help prevent the plastic lock from catching on the metal housing.

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Friend just got a 3D printer. I pulled the STL files and emailed them to him. If I can talk him into making them, I'll comment again on how they turn out!

Found out one of the local UPS stores did 3D printing, Parts came out great and the two pieces total cost was about $14.i used quick setting epoxy to attach the two pieces during the install and turned the key (and all the moving parts of the latch) every few minutes just to make sure no stray epoxy was going to impede the normal operation. I let the epoxy cure about 8 hours before trying out the repaired latch. everything worked like a champ!

The UPS store printed out the parts in ABS and they appear to be tough as nails (note, I did not take a hammer to them for verification).

Only improvement that comes to mind (with the caveat that I know nothing of 3D printing other than what I've read) is some matching tabs and slots on the two pieces so that they positively register to each other during the glue up.

My truck was missing that latch piece when I bought it, so I have no idea what the original part looked like, but it's pretty easy to see why so many people broke that piece trying to remove it.

Thanks for posting this information!

Thanks for the info! I do admit I was trying to make it quickly while I had free access to a 3D printer. Mine did eventually break off after about a year. It's from constant vibration. I believe the metal part wore through the actual plastic on the smaller piece. When I have time I will try and remake it but for now I have a floppy gas door again.

I too was admiring the jet fuel sticker! Great idea on the fix. 8-)

What did you use to create this in?

I used solidworks

Awesome fix. I am more fond of the "Jet Fuel Only" sticker on the door. :-P

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