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2002 Honda Civic Gas Hatch will not open

When I arrived at a gas station to gas up I pressed the lever as I have done many times to open the hatch but it would not release. I need this open to access the gas cap and to put gas in the tank. Is the cable broken? If so, how can I open the hatch or replace the cable?

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David
Lamont, AB.

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Hello, I have a 2005 with the same problem. I haven't fixed it yet, but in the mean time you can pop your truck and pull back the carpet/lining on the left wall. Then reach your hand in there and pull out the piece that holds the hatch closed. Just grab it and twist, then pull. It is real simple and quick and doesn't require you using any screw drivers to pry anything open. Once you've opened the hatch put that piece back in so you can close the door. Hope that helps.

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If te lever feels "empty", then yes the cable is broken. The cable should be visible from the underside of the car and you should be able to pull it with a proper pair of gloves. This is how it is done on older Accords but I have no knowledge on newer models.

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TRY TO PULL ON IT AND HAVE SOMEONE OUTSIDE TAPPING HARD ON IT/IF THIS DON'T WORK PULL ON THE CABLE WITH A PAIR OF VISE GRIPS IF THAT DON'T WORK USE A FLAT BLADE SKINNY SCREW DRIVER INSERT IT AND TRY TO UNLATCH IT FROM THE OUTSIDE HATCH COVER.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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