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Clio III fuel cap and flap - how to lock

Hi. I feel like this is a really silly question, but...is there any way of locking the Clio III's fuel flap or cap? I tried looking it up in the manual, and googling, but can't find any info.

Unlike my Clio II, there's no lock on the fuel cap, and the flap can just be opened - even when the car is locked. Surely this can't be right?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!
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Re: Clio III fuel cap and flap - how to lock

When the car is locked a small pin pops down from above the twist close cap which locks the flap closed.

If the pin isn't firing when the car is locked it could be the solenoid that fires the pin is broken.

The easiest way to check is with the flap open lock the car and see the pin trys to pop down, if it does pull it the rest of the way with some pliers and spray some WD40 on it then lock and unlock the car a few times to see if the pin fires properly.

If it doesn't a new soleniod fitted by renault is around 160.

I had the opposite problem of the cap not unlocking but once I had the quote from renault decided to tackle it with some WD which fixed the problem

Hope this helps
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Re: Clio III fuel cap and flap - how to lock

That's really helpful. Will have a go at fixing tonight and hope I don't cause it to jam shut ;-)

Thank you so much!
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Re: Clio III fuel cap and flap - how to lock

The Laguna one locks the fuel flap a few minutes after locking the car, so the Clio might be the same. I think it's so that you can put fuel in the car after locking it at a garage forecourt.

Try locking the car (or letting it lock if its handsfree) and then have a go at opening the fuel flap after about 5 minutes. If you can still open it then, try leaving it for another 5. If it still isn't locked, then it's faulty.
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Re: Clio III fuel cap and flap - how to lock

Thanks very much for the tip, I'll check that first.
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