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Some use a cable and latch while others use an electromagnetic mechanism.
If it is electric. It may be easy to find the problem, switch or fuse or at least you could, with a wiring diagram, apply power to the circuit bypassing the switch.
If it is mechanical, the cable may not be getting pulled with the lever and pulling it with a pair of pliars may open it. Be careful not to link the cable when you grip it. If it just needs lubrication at the door or latch, operate the release and have someone pry it open gently when the switch or cable is activated, then lubricate the latch.
IF it will not open by the cable or electric switch it may be because the opening spring in the hinge of the door is broken and not moving the door open. Test this by having someone operate the release mechanism and manually opening the door.
If you have fuel door release cable & door is open, verify that cable moves in & out when you activate it. If yes you can adjust tab that it rests on so it will release properly. Just bend tab slightly inward at first, till it releases correctly.
The first thing to do is spray penetrating oil on the hinges and behind the fuel door. Then, check the cable connection at the release handle. Ifc it has become disconnected, reconnect. The handle may be damaged and may have to be replaced. Also, you may be able to open the fuel door by pulling the cable using a pair of pliers, or by slipping a thin blade of some kind behind it to push the release latch in. If you can get the door open, put as much oil as possible on the release mechanism plunger, and then work it into the mechanism by depressing the plunger repeatedly. If you are able to get the door open, the connection at the release handle is good, and the plunger seems to move freely, the release cable may have stretched, seized or broken, and may need to be replaced.
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.
Hi, chances are that the cable to your fuel door relase mechanism is stretched, this often happens over time especially if the mechanism has been removed and replaced incorrectly. To fix this you will need to open the door with as little force as possible so you dont have to replace that too and have someone pull the lever so you can see if the mechan ism is moving freely, if it is it may be either a stretched cable or crooked mount , try re-mounting as this is the easiest thing to do, if that doesnt help then you may need to replace the cable. If the mechanism is corroded or stiff then remove the mechanism and spray with WD-40 or a similar lubricating/ freeing agent then leave it to soak in and try remounting the mechanism to see if this rectifys the problem. If the mechanism looks to be broken or severly corroded then replacing may be the only option. Goodluck!