Fuel flap won't release

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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Cuprabob » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:53 am

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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Delberthot » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:31 pm

Is this a common thing?

My fuel flap pushes in and stays there then eventually pops open
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Fryer » Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:56 pm

I have the same issue with mine vw have changed the mechanism under warranty also found if I haven’t washed the car for about 3 weeks it tends to stick


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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby PaulGL79 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:16 pm

Indeed mine was purely mechanism failure Volkswagen had to replace this , how ever well you clean the car a hell of a lot of muck and dirt will appear inside the filler cap. I really didn't know until now you could open in an emergency from the boot I used to stand at the fuel station like a numpty unlocking and unlocking the doors about 30 times hoping the filler cap would eventually open, trial and error .
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Zanic L3 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:43 pm

Just had the same issue today. Wow first time the rocco did give 'up'. Made quite a figure at the fuel station when it refused to open after multiple presses.

Drove home and locked the car and instantly on the unlock press I pushed the cap and it just opened up lol, cleaned it out and hopefully I have enough gas to make it to the gas station tomorrow haha it's already in the red zone :/
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Zanic L3 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:03 pm

Ok just tried it a couple hours later, still doesn't wanna release.

Although it does release if you unlock the car with the key and then instantly press the fuel cap it opens but not if you wait 10s after unlocking it with the keyfob.
Not sure if this is actually designed this way or not.
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby TriGGER » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:05 am

I had the same problem ages ago, few goes locking unlocking and then i few the dirt out from the lock mechanism and it was ok again.
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Fryer » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:50 am

Mine was the same last night it went to VW last year to get sorted I’ve put a bit of Vaseline round the outside of the seal n it opened fine then


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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Delberthot » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:57 pm

I had the garage look at mine and they adjusted something. It now works first time. Might be worth checking before replacing anything
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Stukos » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:48 pm

Mine was doing the same, not opening. Had to lock then unlock repeatedly until it would finally pop open.

I got a replacement unit (the part that pops the fuel door open) from VW for about £15 and replaced it myself.
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Bazandbeanz1 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:52 pm

I sprayed mine with WD 40 after opening it with a small flat point and now pops out again.
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Matthewdbingham » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:46 pm

Replica you are a genius!
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby skyblues11 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:58 pm

I had this problem last year. After doing some research ( from this forum no less) i managed to change it myself.

It can be done but i cursed VW every second, as they have made the access of the cable plug end ( thats links the flap pop-up unit) so deep and awkward.
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Re: Fuel flap won't release

Postby Keyfski » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:15 pm

Hi all,
I just experienced this same problem with the recent cold weather, experienced the same 'range anxiety' and feeling like a plonker who doesn't even know how to fill a car. After checking this board I was not looking forward to removing the wheel arch lining or taking the car to the garage. The flap was totally stuck fast and pressed in a little. Manipulating the locking i could hear and feel the actuator working, or at least trying to work so I figured it wasn't a failed part.

If your sticking flap seems the same, this is how I got into it and resolved the problem..

1. Find your least favourite loyalty card, or other plastic credit card sized card (if you're stuck at a petrol station you probably have one with you)
2. Gently insert the card into the left side of the flap (taking good care of your paintwork) and gently lever the edge of the card under the flap
3. With a little pressure on the card pushing the flap away from the car, press the lock and unlock button a few times. The pressure of the card was just enough to lever the flap open once the locking had released it
4. Clean any dirt or grit from the locking mechanism and apply dry lubricant, WD40 or whatever you have handy
5. Additionally with the flap open you can press and release the locking mechanism with your finger to prove to yourself it is just the flap sticking and not a broken part

Hope that helps and saves someone the cost of a tow or garage fees
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