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The fuel door is locked, how to fix this? - 2001 Volvo V70

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  • rink92 Sep 20, 2008

    Go to fill the car with gas and the fuel door will not open. Changed fuses. It is stilled closed.

  • Anonymous Oct 07, 2008

    fuel door will not open. is there an emergency release?



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Remove the rear panel on the passenger side and then remove the insert that is also located in this same location. That will be the hardest part and that is not that hard. You should be able to gain access to the electric plunger that locks the fuel door. It is located just about midway up the fuel door closest to the rear of the car. Slide it back with your finger, there will be very little resistance and the door should be able to be opened. I hope this helps.

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