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2004 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Door

The Fuel door on my Hyndai Elantra will not open with the floor board release. I need gas!!!

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  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I had the same problem. Went into the trunk ( no emergency lever by the way) and pulled back the liner. I was able to reach the assembly and move it about. It came open and I applied a lubricate to locking arm. This was for a 2005 Elantra.




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Check inside the trunk on the side of the fuel door. Most manufacturers make an emergency release handle for just such situations. It may be behind the trunk liner but should be on the same side of the vehicle as the door is.

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My '03 has had the same problem. It's usually due to an obstruction on the fuel door itself. You'll need 2 people to fix it. The first person pulls the fuel door release lever and holds it in the up position. The second person taps on the fuel door until it pops open. If it doesn't open, then get a flat-head screw driver and *gently* pry it open.

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