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Angry Gas tank latch wont open

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Just had a quick question if there's a quick fix for the gas tank latch.

When I pull on the latch my gas tank door doesn't open. I can hear it click but it just seems like it's stuck. Can anyone help on this?

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If it's stuck, and not the cable/handle etc., then get someone to pull it open when you pull the lever (carefully).

When I got my car at first I could not open my fill cover, and pulled it open while the wifey pulled the lever. Turned out the fill door was misaligned.

If it is the cable, hmmmm....


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misalligned fuel door here as well.

just pop it open by tapping firmly on the top-left corner of the door, just like a benz.

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i vote missaligned fuel door
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this happened to me one time. All I did was pry it open (gently) and the little "Springy" coil that is attached to the gas cap was twisted up. It acts as a spring to open the door when you pull the lever. Thats what was wrong with mine, yours could just be the misalligned door =/

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Yeah same thing happened to me the other day, but i just pushed the left side and it opened and hasent got stuck since

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i vote missaligned fuel door
I second that. I currently have that problem (missaligned fuel door).


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Thanks for the input...
I managed to get it open...
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3 weeks later though.

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Yeah man.. my bad...lol
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samethin happend 2 me but it was the cable..i had to bring it to the dealer to get it fixd
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Mine didn't work for years and the dealer couldn't fix it. Pull out the back seat and take a look at where the cable runs from on the left side of the car. Mine was pinched under the clip that was supposed to hold the cable. Since I put the cable in the correct position, no problems
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Okay... so my girlfriend's car does this off and on for the past year. It appears it's a common problem with these cars (forgive me, I'm a Toyota Tacoma guy I don't know much about Altimas). What I saw yesterday: She pulls the lever in the cab and the fuel door tries to open (it moves) but it doesn't pop open fully. As if the cable has too much slack or the latch mechanism is FUBAR.

Her car: 2005 Altima 3.5 SE

My searches come up with the following. However I read something at some point last year that if worse comes to worse, you can access the fuel door from behind through the rear panel in the trunk. Can someone confirm or deny that?

Here's what I've read so far:


http://www.nissanclub.com/forums/200...oor-stuck.html

^ Suggests spring clip. Does this spring literally reside on top of the fuel cap?

http://www.nissanclub.com/forums/200...wont-open.html

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“Mine didn't work for years and the dealer couldn't fix it. Pull out the back seat and take a look at where the cable runs from on the left side of the car. Mine was pinched under the clip that was supposed to hold the cable. Since I put the cable in the correct position, no problems”
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“I fixed it by opening the car door, and fixing the cable underneath the doorjam. The plastic piece (runner) pops off. The cable was off there, even though it sounded like the cable was trying to pop the door open by the gas cap door.”

How should I begin diagnosing this? Check to see if the spring clip is functional? Like I said most of the times the mechanism works and the door opens. Seems as if the spring were to be messed up, it'd stop working all together.

Where should I look to see if the cable is in the correct position. The second quote above suggests it's running on the inside of the car while the third post above suggests it's running outside the car under the rocker panel.

Thanks for all the help in advance. Sorry for bumping such an old post but it seemed like a better idea than starting a new redundant thread.
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