A Door No One Can Step Through (Fuel Door Repair and Maintenance)

Posted August 22, 2021 10:04 AM

Your vehicle has lots of doors including that one usually near the back on the vehicle's side.  That's the fuel door, something you use every time you gas up.  These endure hundreds of open-and-close cycles, usually without any problems.  But when they act up, it can be a major inconvenience for you.

When they stick in the "open" position, it can present real dilemma.  You can still pump your gas, but do you just drive around with that flap sticking out the side? What happens if someone steals the gas cap or it gets damaged? What happens if it rains? Yep, it's decision time.

A fuel door that sticks open can be due to a number of factors.  The hinge on the door may have broken, possibly from corrosion or it may have been hit sometime.  Some vehicles have a cable that operates the door and it could be loose.  The latch that holds the door shut could have broken or it, too, could be bent from something hitting it. 

You probably want to take care of this sometime soon since your gas cap is wide open and unprotected when the door doesn't shut.  Plus, it's possible that the door could be torn off completely.  Often a stuck open fuel door can be fixed fairly inexpensively and quickly depending on the type of mechanism your vehicle has. Looks like it's an open and shut case.

Alternative Automotive
137 S Vinewood St
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 480-0851
http://www.alternativeautoescondido.net



Search



Archive

December 2018 (16)
January 2019 (5)
February 2019 (4)
March 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
August 2019 (4)
September 2019 (5)
October 2019 (4)
November 2019 (4)
December 2019 (5)
January 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
March 2020 (5)
April 2020 (4)
May 2020 (5)
June 2020 (4)
July 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
October 2020 (4)
November 2020 (5)
December 2020 (4)
January 2021 (6)
February 2021 (4)
March 2021 (4)
April 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
June 2021 (4)
July 2021 (4)
August 2021 (5)
September 2021 (4)

Categories

Air Conditioning (3)Alignment (5)Alternator (1)Auto Safety (1)Automotive News (4)Battery (6)Brakes (1)Cabin Air Filter (4)Cooling System (5)Dashboard (2)Diagnostics (3)Diesel Maintenance (1)Drive Train (2)Exhaust (3)Fluids (9)Fuel Economy (4)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (1)Fuel System (18)Headlamps (2)Inspection (2)Keys to a long lasting vehicle (1)Maintenance (20)Monitoring System (2)Oil Change (1)Older Vehicles (2)Parts (5)Safety (2)Serpentine Belt (2)Service Intervals (2)Service Standards (3)Shocks & Struts (2)Steering (5)Suspension (1)Timing Belt (3)Tires (1)Tires and Wheels (8)TPMS (1)Transmission (3)Warranty (1)What Customers Should Know (14)Wheel Bearings (1)Windshield Wipers (3)Winter Prep (2)