Petrol Flap Stuck

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MattWoking
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Petrol Flap Stuck

Hi all,

So, went to fill the car with fuel the other day, and I couldn't open the flap.  It seems to be permanently locked.  Can't turn the metal bit at all, and simply feels locked.  I can turn the key around no problems but in both directions it feels the same.

Did note that it was a bit tighter than usual to pull up the metal tab when I went to fill it. So I suspect something may be broke ....

Anybody faced this before and have any simple solutions?

Jonathan Kay
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What vehicle?

Jonathan

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310S.    Looks like this http://www.kitcardirect.co.uk/universal-3-aero-fuel-cap.html

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Thanks.

A quick search didn't show anything in the archives.

Can you remove the whole unit with it locked?

Jonathan

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May be worth squirting WD in the key slot as the fingers might be stuck then try working the key

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Good idea + some percussion afterwards.

Jonathan

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I had thought of WD40, and then wondered what that may do if it gets into the petrol tank?

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I wouldn't expect a bit in a tank of petrol to do any harm.

Jonathan

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You can easily get at the fuel filler tube by removing the soft cover over the tank/"boot". Loosen the clamp on the flexible tube and remove the locked fuel cap, stuff a small towel into the filler tube and either fix or replace the cap.

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Thats a great shout! I hadn't though of accessing via the boot .... Cheers for the thought!!!

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That's why I asked about removing the whole thing!

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Jonathan