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Old 09-12-2018, 01:30 AM
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1995 W124 Wagon - Fuel Filler Door

Hi Folks,

I have an issue where the fuel filler door will not open. I checked the fuel door actuator and it seems to be working correctly. When you lock the driver side door, the red top and the metal rod goes down and when you unlock, the red top and the metal rod goes up. Did this multiple time and still the fuel filler door will not disengage. I do not think the fuel actuator is broken. Any ideas on how to get this door open? Also, what is the best procedure to remove this part? I'm thinking if I do this I can open the door. Thanks!

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Old 09-12-2018, 07:50 AM
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I have had this same issue intermittently. I usually have to lock/unlock the car a few times to get the fuel door to open, real annoying at a gas station...

When this doesnt work, I usually pull up on the red actuator part and it unlocks. Seems that sometimes it moves up a bit when you unlock car but doesnt move up enough to clear the latch.

If this still doesn't work I have taken a plastic putty knife and wedged down the top left corner of the door to clear the latch.

Hopefully that atleast helps you get it open... Not sure about how to fix long term.

Good luck.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:00 PM
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yes mine was messed up in the 95 wagon and they (previous owners) had bent down the flange with the hole in it so it could not engage. A little penetrating oil and it was all functioning properly with the vacuum system that controls all the locks. Its a good system as these awesome cars have all around!
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:44 PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I just needed to pull harder on the red top to open the filler door. I was just afraid to break something else. As suggested, with a little penetrating oil, it works like a charm!

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