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Opening button will not release door unless pried open with flat surface as screwdriver with door release pushed in. How to Repair?

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I guess you are referring to the fuel door for the vehicle
when you get it open then fit a new spring around the hinge that opens the door when the button is pressed
the spring is cheap and available from the service dealer spares department

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