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Old 03-22-2012, 01:04 AM   #21
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So this is an update, I tested the solenoid and it seems to be working. The rod extends when locked and retracts when unlocked. Any ideas as to what it could be?
It is your spring for sure! Buy part no. 51171888374 and clip it in -- your door will hold shut once again. It is one of the cheapest Genuine BMW parts you can buy at the dealer!

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Old 03-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #22
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It is your spring for sure! Buy part no. 51171888374 and clip it in -- your door will hold shut once again. It is one of the cheapest Genuine BMW parts you can buy at the dealer!

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Thanks cityjohn, I have the exact problem with my car!!!

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Old 03-22-2012, 05:50 PM   #23
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Thanks but how do i remove it?
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #24
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So I looked at the part you were talking about but I am not to sure what you are saying. I took some pics but I don't know if they will be good enough for you to see how it is.

How would you roll the filler gasket back?
Spray the part in these pics with graphite. That's what fixed it for me. Grease might be better, but graphite is what I had on hand. Be sure to have a paper towel or rag, to keep the spray from going everywhere. If it does, goof off gets it off.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:04 PM   #25
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Thanks but how do i remove it?
Using needlenose pliers, pull the center of the spring out from the slot in the door. The loose spring can now be slid down, then up, out of the holes holding the ends.

When you put the new one in, do the ends first, then the middle just pushes into the door's slot until it's clipped in.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:55 AM   #26
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Thank you guys, I went yesterday to get the part and I was surprised to hear that it was going to cost me .54cents. By the way, I saw some pretty awesome cars

Going back to the topic here, so it turns out that the malfunction was being caused by a groove that was forming on the spring. I replaced it with the new one and it worked like a charm. Now I can be pleased to know that my tank door is secured and locked.

Thanks a lot guys for you help and I hope I wasn't to much bother. I appreciated the help.

On a side note, does anyone know where to get the harmon kardon stocked speakers?
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:40 AM   #27
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Thank you guys, I went yesterday to get the part and I was surprised to hear that it was going to cost me .54cents. By the way, I saw some pretty awesome cars

Going back to the topic here, so it turns out that the malfunction was being caused by a groove that was forming on the spring. I replaced it with the new one and it worked like a charm. Now I can be pleased to know that my tank door is secured and locked.

Thanks a lot guys for you help and I hope I wasn't to much bother. I appreciated the help.

On a side note, does anyone know where to get the harmon kardon stocked speakers?
E30m3ochoa, I got you beat, .43 cents at my local stealership. And my fuel door works now like it should.
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