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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2006, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Quick Question on gas tank. (FIXED!! THANKS ALL!!)

I have a 91 FZR 1000 that I just bought. My problem is that I can't get the gas tank lid to open. I put the key in, turn it and nothing happens. I can't get the cover to pull up. Anyone have any ideas?? This is pretty much the only thing keeping me from getting on the road. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2006, 03:16 PM
 
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you may have to remove the whole gas cap assembly. there could be all kinds of issues keeping it from opening, and taking it completely off will help find the prob.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2006, 03:18 PM
 
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You might be able to jerry-rig it open by taking it apart from the top. It's probably held on by a few allen head screws. Take those off and see if you can knock the hinge pin out. That might give you just enough room to get it off. Then you can take it apart and find out why the key doesn't release the little latch thing.
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you may have to remove the whole gas cap assembly. there could be all kinds of issues keeping it from opening, and taking it completely off will help find the prob.
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I have removed all the bolts that hold the top assembly in. I can get the top to turn slightly but doesn't seem to want to pop out. Is it possible the "catch" for the lid is still holding it?
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Try pushing down on the cap, while turning the key in the lock mechanism, it should turn 90 degrees from the point you put the key in at. pushing down on the cap will relieve the pressure holding the latch in place, letting it move.
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Keep a butter knife under the seat so that you can prey it open.......
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Keep a butter knife under the seat so that you can prey it open.......
Speaking from experience here?
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Speaking from experience here?
Yea, how did you guess....
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Just checking before I add it to the packing list for my glove box... just a few extras not in the stock tool kit.... Might be handy to have for more than one reason.
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Is the key supposed to turn at least 90 degrees to get the lid open. Sorry if this sound ignorant but I just got the bike yesterday.
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Good deal...for some reason my gas tank get's stuck and the strangest time. Namely, when I'm ready to put gas in the thing.....
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Oh and I did try prying up on the lid but I don't know if the key is turing far enough. I am only able to turn it 45 degrees.
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Most caps latch to the metal of the tank. You cant just unbolt the top bolts and remove it with out unlocking.

You will probably need to remove the tank, remove the fuel pump. Then go from the inside with a screw driver to release the bolt of the lock. It works just like a home door latch. Wedge on one side and flat on the other. If you push that lock bolt back. It will open. Use a flash light (not a match) to see inside the tank.

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Definately not far enough. Most bikes have a gas cap that has a key turn of 90 degrees.
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Oh and I did try prying up on the lid but I don't know if the key is turing far enough. I am only able to turn it 45 degrees.
you should try what I suggested earlier. and while you're at it, put some PB blaster on the lock mechanism to help clean it up some.
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Most caps latch to the metal of the tank. You cant just unbolt the top bolts and remove it with out unlocking.

You will probably need to remove the tank, remove the fuel pump. Then go from the inside with a screw driver to release the bolt of the lock. It works just like a home door latch. Wedge on one side and flat on the other. If you push that lock bolt back. It will open. Use a flash light (not a match) to see inside the tank.
But a match would work so much better.
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Most caps latch to the metal of the tank. You cant just unbolt the top bolts and remove it with out unlocking.

You will probably need to remove the tank, remove the fuel pump. Then go from the inside with a screw driver to release the bolt of the lock. It works just like a home door latch. Wedge on one side and flat on the other. If you push that lock bolt back. It will open. Use a flash light (not a match) to see inside the tank.
BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! Come on now, Jeeps. A lighter would work so much better. The match would burn your fingers! Good thing thinkers like me are around this place!
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Quick Question on gas tank

I have tried to get answeres in the tech section but haven't had any luck. I just bought a 91 FZR 1000 to fix and ride. My problem is the gas lid won't open. I can only turn the key about 45 degrees. Is this enough. I have tried to push down and turn, no luck there. Prying up doesn't work either. I have removed all the bolts and it won't come out. Anyone help please??
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Most caps latch to the metal of the tank. You cant just unbolt the top bolts and remove it with out unlocking.

You will probably need to remove the tank, remove the fuel pump. Then go from the inside with a screw driver to release the bolt of the lock. It works just like a home door latch. Wedge on one side and flat on the other. If you push that lock bolt back. It will open. Use a flash light (not a match) to see inside the tank.
I have the tank removed. The fuel pump is external and not connected to the tank. The only thing is the petcock which doesn't leave much room to shine a light and use an extra long screwdriver to move the latch.

I tried pushing down on the lid and nothing happened.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I will keep trying
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