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Elise gas door screws...

The screws on my gas door are rusty.. So I went to take them of and go match up new ones. Well putting them back in there's nothing to thread into? I never took any nut off from behind nor did I hear anything ever all? How are these held in place?!

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They are held in by nuts that fit into nut-shaped recesses in the filler neck. They are nylocks - no washers. When removing I used to put masking tape behind them to keep them from falling down the drain tube, but now I simply put a small piece of tape over the drain hole and curl a finger inside the neck and hold the nut in so it doesn't start to strip the plastic hole in lies in, out. Stainless
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They are held in by nuts that fit into nut-shaped recesses in the filler neck. They are nylocks - no washers. When removing I used to put masking tape behind them to keep them from falling down the drain tube, but now I simply put a small piece of tape over the drain hole and curl a finger inside the neck and hold the nut in so it doesn't start to strip the plastic hole in lies in, out. Stainless
The nylon nut must have fallen. Damn! Please don't say this needs to be ordered from lotus?
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Nope - Basic parts/hardware store Metric Item. If you can't find them local, let me know and I'll send you some ... with new screws from my local hardware store.
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Make sure you replace them with stainless..never worry about the rusting again.

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Nope - Basic parts/hardware store Metric Item. If you can't find them local, let me know and I'll send you some ... with new screws from my local hardware store.
I went to a mom and pop place first they didn't have a new bolt. Went to lowes and a no go as well.

So the nylon nut fits inside that plastic piece that's molded on?


That would be awesome if it wasn't a hassle for you. Obviously I will pay.

I'm no mechanic but just picked the Elise up after realizing that's what I should have bought VS my Esprit S4! I should have left the bolts alone and read before hand. But the rusty bolts look terrible!
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If they are rusting and very magnetic, they are steel and not OEM. Which may be why not nuts as the wouldn't work. I can get 8? 6? (I'll check when I pull one tonight) tomorrow. PM me an address?
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I lost a nut once for the filler door and got a new lock nut from Home Depot. I think True Value Hardware also carries them.

Or, order some online. McMaster-Carr should carry them.
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