When I went to get gas this am, the inside gas tank door release would not work. I thought it might be frozen, because it was below zero this morning, but after 3 hrs in the garage, it's still not working. Is there any way to get it open?
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Re: Can't open the gas tank door.
Glad to provide assistance. Please do one more thing: Open the fuel door, and observe the small spring clip on the hinge of the fuel door. Make sure that it is sort-of wide. They do collapse over time, and then the door does not "pop". Thanks for choosing FIxYa for your solution; the graciousness of a FIxYa rating from you would be most appreciated. Thanks.
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I have a 2007 Hyudai Santa Fe and had the same problem this morning. I wasn't sure what to do and couldn't find any solutions mentioning this, so I thought I would.
My tank wasn't frozen or anything and the cable tension seemed fine. If you go to the trunk there should be an access panel on the left side wall behind the tank (has a picture of a fuel pump on it), open this up and you will see an emergency fuel tank pull cord which will open the tank. Once I opened mine, I found that the little cord that holds the gas cap on was jammed in the door hinge. I tested it a few times with the "normal" release on the driver side door and it works fine now.
Some cars have a release in the trunk for the gas tank door, not sure if the Saturn does though. It would be located near the door in the trunk. Is the release inside the car not working? If not, get a pair of vise grips and clamp them on the cable behind the pull or release and manually pull it, as it may have stretched out, and that could be why it's not working.
In virtually all cars there is an emergency release mechanism located inside of the trunk. It's either a pull cord, or a means of twisting the release cable to remove the plunger from inside the fuel tank door. Look inside your trunk, pull back the liner if necessary, or feel around where the cable leads to the fuel tank door.
Once you diagnose the problem you will then know whether or not you will need to replace the release cable.
Have you looked in the trunk on the side that the gas tank is on? There may be a fuel release switch. Couple of other things to try is to unlock all your doors from the inside of your car and/ or try pushing in and out on the gas door over and over until, hopefully, it triggers the device. I hope that will help you. I will keep trying to find the answer. Let me know. Have a great night.~MWD
I had the same issue with my 08 WRX I saw a metal tab came loose I put it back where i thought it went on the inside door of the gas tank. I only have 5000 miles on my WRX and I am experiencing this for the first time.