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The button to open gas tank door doesnt always work it gets stuck or i have to press it for a long time and mess with it

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Also pop the button out with a small flat head screwdriver. Make sure you pry on the frame and not the button. Once out, disconnect the plug on back. Then if you have electronic contact cleaner spray the button down for at least 30 seconds. In no cleaner, use rubbing alcohol. You might even put in a small cup of alcohol and let it sit fir 10 minutes. Just make sure it is DRY before you plug it back in.

What happens often is sticky drinks get spilled and the button gets dirty. This may be your problem.

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This is in most cases caused by no lubrication at the latch pin on the gas door, put a little white lithium grease on the pin that pulls back to un-latch the gas door and all will be well.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

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