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DIY: 2004 V70 Fuel Door Spring Fix, FREE Mod

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DIY: 2004 V70 Fuel Door Spring Fix, FREE Mod

Post by cn90 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:04 pm

- The black plastic tabs that hold the spring break frequently. The part is not expensive, about $15 at Volvo dealer.
Replacing it is simple (search youtube for tricks). For me, $15 is not an issue...the issue is why replacing it when it can break again?

- Magnet is a great solution.

- In some posts, some people drill through body metal, I don't like it b/c of risk of rusting later (may or may not be important).

- My solution is very simple:
* Go to your local roofing/gutter company and ask for 2 sheet metal screws, these screws are galvanized and should not rust (or you can paint them with black paint when you are done).
* Drill 2 pilot holes toward the front of the car as shown, this way the screws do not pierce the body work.
* These screws work perfectly b/c once they are about 3-4mm into the plastic, they hold the spring against the plastic frame.
* Note the orientation of the spring: the "short ends" go inward.
* I added a bit of grease where there is movement.

- That is it folks, it is a FREE fix! It works perfectly...and I think it looks fine from a cosmetic standpoint...


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