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fuel door latch doesn't work ?
Posted 09 June 2006 - 09:41 AM
the fuel door latch doesn't work. i push it and nothing happens. never looked at one of these jokers before, any clues?
did a search and couldn't find anything...except posts where people didn't know how to open it!
Posted 09 June 2006 - 11:18 AM
Posted 09 June 2006 - 11:21 AM
Posted 09 June 2006 - 01:37 PM
how did you know it was a broken cable and where did it break? the latch at the cap seems to work...it holds the door shut but won't release it. it pries open like you said.
Well was a long time ago on my 85 T-Sedan, but if I remember correctly I unbolted the latch and it came out with about 3 feet of cable. So that answered my question on that one.
The one on my lifted sedan works (sometimes) just not all the time so I think I just need to lube the latch and possibly the handle.
Again not much help..
Does your latch move in and out freely? Have you had someone else push on the handle to see if it actually tries to move?
Posted 09 June 2006 - 03:43 PM
Posted 09 June 2006 - 04:15 PM
Posted 09 June 2006 - 10:01 PM
here is how I solved my problem latch on my 89 wagon...
first, get the fuel door open
next, pull the interior panel back enough to get at the filler neck area. (requires removing a few screws and raising the trim around the window...on an XT, coupe, or sedan, it may be a little different)
Then, pull the latch mechanism out of the area so you can get to it with some PB Blaster, or your favorite lubricant. Mine was rusted up pretty bad and would barely move - after a couple shots of PB and working the latch back and forth manually a few times it works like new again.
Reverse steps to re-install...
you should also be able to open the fuel door from the inside this way - for those that cant get the latch to work at all....
Posted 10 June 2006 - 06:23 PM
i'll bet mine is spring related, i don't recall it having much spring to it...but didn't really pay attention either as mine have always worked.
Posted 15 June 2006 - 04:18 AM
Posted 15 June 2006 - 07:54 AM
-either prop the handle up with my wallet, then go around and open the door or
-put a screwdriver in the bottom of the door just far enough to apply outward pressure to the door and hold the screwdriver, then go lift up on the handle - screwdriver drops to the ground as the door comes open.
Wish I had a replacement spring, though... I'll find a spare one of these days and fix it right:) Rick
Posted 15 June 2006 - 03:41 PM
Posted 17 June 2006 - 04:54 AM
Posted 18 June 2006 - 03:15 PM
you should push the latch to open the gas door, and pull to open the trunk. at least, thats how it is on my 87 gl-10. it WAS broken, and only the trunk pull worked.. because the fuel door cable had broken. to see this, you have to look up into that general area of the vehicle from inside the trunk.. there maybe some plastic panel to remove, but you should be able to see it eventually.. My car has a big rust hole on the outside, and i could reach right in and actuate the lever that opened the door, so i never had a problem opening it. I think thats funny. i need to get pics of the entire setup to show you, because i have a unique perspective...
daeron, that is funny. Would like to see the pics.
On our GL's - both the GL wagon and the GL-10 wagon, the fuel door comes open when you pull up on the latch. I notice that the latch can push down, too, but don't see that it's opening up the rear hatch, so don't know what that's all about.. maybe ours are reversed from standard. Later, Rick
Posted 19 June 2006 - 03:17 AM
so does anyone know if the wagons had a latch to release the hatch or not?
Posted 23 June 2006 - 06:24 AM
for now i took the nut off the little latch that catches the door and pressed it in the body and took the spring off the door. took all of 25 seconds while the gas was pumping. at least the door opens and shuts by hand now. i may revisit this someday or leave it as is.
Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:53 PM
Could someone post a picture of the spring for the gas door? I need to try and make a replacement.
Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:55 PM
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