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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Gas cap door question

I noticed that my Elise is missing a screw in the trim ring that holds the door over the gas cap to the body. No big deal - I figuire I'll ask that it be replaced when I go for service. But I also notice that my door closes further in that it should - its not flush with the trim ring on the car body. Looking inside there is a small hole in the aluminum next to the gas cap - is there supposed to be a rubber stop there that the door closes on? If so mine's missing and I need to get one ... Anyone know? .........GD
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Yes, mine has a rubber stop that the door closes against.

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Thanks.... I'll get them to fix it!.......... GD
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little rubber stop

I think mine fell off whilst (spending too much time reading the manual) refueling, or some kid owns part of my Elise now. Went to the hardware store bought 1/4 inch clear plastic tubing. Cut about 3/4 of an inch piece and pushed it on. Cost was $0.11.

If you do get the little rubber stopper glue it down.

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I took some pictures of mine to see if it will be possible to drill the door to put a lock.

Anyway, this pict shows the rubber stopper so you can compare when they fix it.
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... is there supposed to be a rubber stop there that the door closes on? If so mine's missing and I need to get one ... Anyone know? .........GD
Interesting that one of the trim ring screws is missing... some people pay top dollar for errors from the factory... too bad this isn't true for automobiles. At least its a quick and easy fix... after the 3 month wait for the screw to come from England...
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Mine was missing too. SVAG said it would need an entire new fuel door (under warranty, naturally) as the rubber bung couldn't be ordered separately. I'm guessing they will save themselves some time and just take the plug thingy off the new door.

I also lost my gas cap (my fault). The new one I bought ($35 from svag) had a retaining strap on it, but no place to attach it. Mind you I think it's too short even if I could attach it so I'll probably just remove it.

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I also lost my gas cap (my fault). The new one I bought ($35 from svag) had a retaining strap on it, but no place to attach it. Mind you I think it's too short even if I could attach it so I'll probably just remove it.
Since this thread just got linked to by a current one, it may be worth noting that there are aftermarket options for the gas cap. The following links to a simple mod of a locking version that appears to be working quite well for people.

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21277

The following post in that thread details the mod.
(It also has my vote has the best first post on EliseTalk.)

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/show...1&postcount=16

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When I lost mine, on the way home from picking it up, I used a small zip tie to space the cap out for a week or so until I took mine in for service.

Be sure they call Lotus for the p/n for the rubber stopper - it wasn't in the parts book at the time mine was done and may not be in the book now. As a result, they may favor replacing the entire assembly, which isn't as nice since it's backed with a compressible gasket and the filler neck adapter on the inboard side of the clam. Point is, the gasket is already compressed and the new unit may not sit flush without replacing the gasket on the back side of the clam as well.

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Where from can I get options on fuel caps?
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Fuel Filler door stopper

Sometimes you try a hack and it just works perfectly, this is one of those cases. I found these vinyl caps that fit the nub on the filler door perfectly and snugly. It causes the door to rest about 2mm above the lip so a quick trim with house hold scissors on the end and is a perfect fit. Also dampens the impact of closing the door.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/24-Black-Pu...-/261432757074

I paid about $7 for a bag of 24 of them ! If anybody is on the westside of LA and wants one for free PM me
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