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post #3 of (permalink) Old 9th January 2007
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I'd say that's exactly what it is. It's a shame they don't bother to mention it in the manual (I don't think they do anyway) as when my fuel locking solenoid stuck on the last car, I ended up forcing the flap open. I was half way down the M40, miles from home with an empty tank, so I didn't have a lot of choice.

Still, the filler flap is fairly bendy plastic and so is the locking pin, so it's actually surprisingly easy to defeat the lock without causing any damage to the car. I hope there are anti-syphoning baffles in the filler pipe (there should be) as the locking fuel flap isn't really worth having.

My Mazda had one of these releases and it was mentioned in the manual. What they didn't tell you was you had to do ten minutes worth disassembly work on the rigid plastic boot lining to get to the damned thing
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