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Old 09-18-2013, 09:26 AM
speedpeddler speedpeddler is offline
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Z4 Fuel Door Replacement

Wife broke the fuel door off her '04' Z4 last night and I can't seem to find any threads on how to replace it. Someone else on here has got to have done this, it's easy to break that thing off. Looking for advice on how to install a new on.

Anybody?
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:58 AM
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You didn't say what specifically was broken, but you can buy a new fuel door (P/N 51177012740) from any number of online suppliers.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:24 AM
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Really looking for some advice on how to go about doing the installation. I don't have the old door and don't know how it was attached or how to install a new one or what is actually broken.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:07 AM
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Ok, I suggest to post a picture so we all can figure out what part(s) you might need to order.
Once the thread gets going I assure you, you'll know how to do it. But first, just to break the ice, tell us how it happened. When everybody shares, we all learn.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:28 AM
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If anyone's had it happen and got it fixed by shop or dealership... How much was it?
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:55 PM
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I wish I could tell you how it happened. Wife stopped for gas and somehow in the process managed to knock the door off. Of course, she doesn't know how it happened.

Here's what remains.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:38 AM
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Come on guys. Someone on here has done this repair before. Chime in please.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:15 AM
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I don't think it's a common as you think - I've never heard of anyone tearing off their fuel door before.

From your picture you've lost not only the metal fuel door, but also the plastic fuel door arm that swivels out from the plastic fuel filler housing. The metal fuel door attaches to the plate at the end of that arm. RealOEM or any other online parts diagram shows the two pieces, and gives the part numbers for both - once you have the part numbers you can search them.

Hopefully this ebay ad for the plastic fuel filler housing will show you everything you need. There are 11 pictures in the ad showing it from every angle, so you can see all the attachment points, the arm, etc. (BTW the price for this used part is about the same as what you can buy it for new).

Good luck ...
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:23 AM
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I don't think it's a common as you think - I've never heard of anyone tearing off their fuel door before.

From your picture you've lost not only the metal fuel door, but also the plastic fuel door arm that swivels out from the plastic fuel filler housing. The metal fuel door attaches to the plate at the end of that arm. RealOEM or any other online parts diagram shows the two pieces, and gives the part numbers for both - once you have the part numbers you can search them.

Hopefully this ebay ad for the plastic fuel filler housing will show you everything you need. There are 11 pictures in the ad showing it from every angle, so you can see all the attachment points, the arm, etc. (BTW the price for this used part is about the same as what you can buy it for new).

Good luck ...
Hey thanks for that. That info will be a huge help as I figured there was something else, (the arm it attaches to), missing but since I don't have the old one to look at I was at a loss to figure it out. Special thanks for the link too.
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:09 PM
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Specifics for future replacement...

My door wouldn't stay shut due to a broken plastic retainer the return spring was attached to. I was able to drill a new hole and insert a screw that didn't interfere with the door mechanism. I wish these guys wouldn't use so much plastic, brittle as all heck.

Part of another post I found was missing critical information. Here are some tips:

So, to remove fuel pocket, there's one screw (T15) on the left side, then there's a grommet that centers the gas lock plunger (a plastic pin). Remove the screw and turn the grommit counterclockwise. Then, slide the grommit out of its hole towards the gas cap. You must turn the grommit first, roughly 30 degrees counterclockwise. Remove gas cap. Lift the rubber pocket around and above the metal fuel receiver.

Pull the assembly from the left where the plunger was attached. Any resistance on the left indicates something is still attached. The right side curls under the body so the left side must come out first.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:19 PM
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I think you will need to buy the whole part shown in the EBay ad above as I suspect whatever the arm was attached to was irreparably broken in the incident. The metal door snaps onto the flat plastic flap. Sounds like an easy DIY once you get the parts. I wonder if you can buy the metal door prepainted?
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:03 PM
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I wonder if you can buy the metal door prepainted?

I know this might sound pretty obvious, but did you go back to the gas station and see if they or anyone had picked up the fuel door? Or was it missing when your wife went to get fuel and that's when it was first noticed (ie, it didn't get knocked off at the gas station)?
The old metal flap/cover/door might be reusable even if the plastic bits aren't.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:40 PM
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Just a note for those checking in ... this was originally posted over a year ago ...
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Old 11-15-2014, 01:27 PM
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Just a note for those checking in ... this was originally posted over a year ago ...
Did not spot that.... D'oh. Guess I shouldn't expect a reply then. Wonder how it was resolved?
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