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Fuel Fill Door

Ctrcbob

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Anyone know how to open the fuel fill door i if the door gets stuck closed? I don't know how!

Previous cars had a manual pull located in the trunk, but can't find any info in owners manual, and can't find anyplace where a manual opener would be located.
 

Ctrcbob

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you are pushing the door in to release it?
You misunderstand.

When car is locked, fuel door will not open. This is how it should be. Sometimes, the realease mechanism may not unlock the fuel door as it may be jammed with dirt. . Other cars have an emergency mechanical release in the trunk. Pull a cord and it unlocks the fuel door. My other cars have this release but can't find anything about it for this car.
 

gobluetwo

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I've only ever seen a manual release mechanism on fuel doors with an interior switch or pull handle to open the fuel door. I've not seen it one cars with the "push fuel door to open" design. Doesn't mean they're not out there, though.
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Ctrcbob

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My last three cars, plus my wife's present car, has a "hidden panel" in the trunk. Open the panel and pull the cord. Pops the fuel door open, or with one car, unlocks the thingy that keeps the fuel door locked.

There must be a way but I can't find it.
 

g_635238

Anyone know how to open the fuel fill door i if the door gets stuck closed? I don't know how!

Previous cars had a manual pull located in the trunk, but can't find any info in owners manual, and can't find anyplace where a manual opener would be located.
 

MelsRegal

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So you are not actually having a problem with the door and are just assuming there is another way to release it if the door was stuck?
 

Vinny68

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I'm with gobluetwo, I doubt there is one for a simple push to open type of filler door. An emergency release would only be necessary on a filler door that had a remote release mechanism for regular use.
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SweetWafer

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If there was a way, I think the manual would detail it. Page 229 says unlock the doors and push. There is no other release accessible from the inside of the car that is documented.
 

Ctrcbob

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If there was a way, I think the manual would detail it. Page 229 says unlock the doors and push. There is no other release accessible from the inside of the car that is documented.
My last three cars, plus my wife's present car, has a "hidden panel" in the trunk. Open the panel and pull the cord. Pops the fuel door open, or with one car, unlocks the thingy that keeps the fuel door locked.

There must be a way but I can't find it.
 

Ctrcbob

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What happens if there is an electrical failure, or a lock failure on the fuel door. There will be no way to open that fuel door short of breaking the fuel door to get to the fuel filler. Other cars I've had (and presently have) have a mechanical emergency release. Pull the emergency cord and it unlocks the fuel door.
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2007LucerneCXL

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Again, not to be repetative, but you have a concern regarding this fuel door and I don't think you will get a answer here so stop by or call a Buick dealer and ask them for details on this and what to do in the event of a failure.
 

SchlitzTourX

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Has anyone found out if there is a manual release for the fuel fill door?

We just lost the ability to unlock the fuel door along with our the ability to unlock the doors with the key fobs and the power door lock buttons inside the car. We were able to manually unlock the doors but not the fuel door. Fortunately we had just enough gas to make it home. It would have sucked to have to break the door had we not had enough gas.

I plan on taking it into the dealer however I may need to put gas in to get it there.
 

2007LucerneCXL

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When you talk to the dealer to make your appointment you can ask them about how to get the fuel door open so you don't need to break it. As you can see by the other posts apparently no one has gotten a answer or if they did didn't bother to do a follow up post.
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justiz00

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There may be access if you remove the inner panel on the passenger side. If you have the cargo rails, it looks like it needs to be removed to pull that panel.
 

G-127069

My fuel door got stuck in the closed position. Doors were unlocked but thee fuel door would not release when pushed in. I took it to the dealer and they had to replace the entire apparatus. The dealer did not know why the part failed.
 

G-759917

2018 Buick Regal TourX - fuel fill door frozen in 20 degree weather. We were driving in remote area. Snowy conditions. Stopped for gas with 1/4 tank. COULD NOT OPEN fuel fill door. Fortunately, a good Samaritan gave us a credit card shape multi-tool to open it. AWFUL. POOR DESIGN. RECALL!!!
 

Charleetho

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There is a plastic pin on the door that goes into the latching hole on the body. The pin can easily break. Ours did. It is a fragile design.
It took 6 weeks to get a replacement. While waiting for the part we were able to open the fuel door with our fingertips pulling on the rear edge.
 
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