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:
^ Suggests spring clip. Does this spring literally reside on top of the fuel cap?
Gas Cap Door Won't Open with lever - 2004 Nissan Altima
“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”
“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.