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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:34 PM
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Gas door won't stay open

..no longer clicks, anyone know what broke & how fix? Thx

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:47 AM
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There is a semi circular spring tab in there, take the flap off the car and take a close look. The spring tab has probably dislodged and flapping loose in the housing. Make sure it goes back in the right place or you could dent the outside skin (like I did a day after buying the car....)
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:27 AM
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There is a semi circular spring tab in there, ... The spring tab has probably dislodged ...
Ditto...your spring is either broke, lose, or missing.

See item # 8 in the diagram below. This same part has been used on 11 BMW models (e12/e21/e23/e24/e28/e31/e32/e34/e38/e39/e53) going all the way back to the e12 5 series...so there's a long time history if you need to search for how to replace the spring. I'm sure that sometime between the mid 70s (e12) up till 2006 (e53) someone has had a broken/missing/loose fuel filler door spring....which means there's gotta be something written about it.


Click this link & scroll down to #8 to get the 11 digit BMW part nbr: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...41&fg=25&hl=18


You can see the spring in this pic below of my e38's fuel filler door...it is the curved metal thing (#8) that goes from the middle of the (black) hinge(#7) to the car's (silver) fuel filler door (#6):

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:25 PM
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Thanks much but the spring's there, only something would keep the door open before with a click. Click gone.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:37 PM
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I had the same problem. I found that the problem was actually a broken hinge. The spring was fine. The first photo shows the broken part. The second show a new hinge with the part number on the label.




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Old 12-25-2012, 11:23 AM
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Yes thanks. I see the issue on mine. The ribbon-like spring is fine and the way door normally stays open is the spring slides around a part of the plastic hinge that is now broken.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:33 AM
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Yes thanks. I see the issue on mine. The ribbon-like spring is fine and the way door normally stays open is the spring slides around a part of the plastic hinge that is now broken.
I had never noticed that before.



Since this appears to be a new issue, I'll add it to the bestlinks ... probably piggybacked on the gas door tether thread:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Hints on replacing a broken BMW E39 gas cap tether leash
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:56 PM
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Yes thanks. I see the issue on mine. The ribbon-like spring is fine and the way door normally stays open is the spring slides around a part of the plastic hinge that is now broken.
Yep, that's the problem. Replacing the hinge is the solution.
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For the record, here is a thread today of a fuel filler door that won't close:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > fuel door actuator alarm falsing
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