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Re: Modus Fuel Filler Flap will not open

Same problem. Thanks for previous excellent advice - gave me confidence to try to sort it out. To help future readers, I can add: my solenoid is black plastic and most of it can be seen by looking up from the removable cover in boot; the rod operating the release (or not!) seems to come out of the bottom of the solenoid; the lever to release the rod is directly above, with what feels like a 'walking stick' -shaped handle bending to the left as you put your index finger in - place index and next finger on solenoid and move them up as far as you can, then push up lever hard - in my case I sprayed with WD40 then pushed up hard and double-clicked key fob. Eureka!
Now flap opens and closes as normal, but will not lock,despite spraying more WD40 - who cares!
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Re: Modus Fuel Filler Flap will not open

Hi I had this problem on our 2004 Modus 1.6.
I replaced the release mechanism.
It is a small electric motor inside the black box with a worm gear that extends the black plastic "pin" to lock the flap.
Ours seized so could not be released manually.
There is no mention of a release option in the user hand book because there is no dedicated alternative in the above circumstance.
As the worm gear and electric motor are sealed in the black "box" WD40 would not penetrate.
The replacement involves careful release of three trim panels.
Once you have access to the mechanism the exchange of new for old is very easy.
I assume that you low mileage ( average 2000mls per year ) has contributed to the initial problem.
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Re: Modus Fuel Filler Flap will not open

Tried moving lever but it won't move
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Re: Modus Fuel Filler Flap will not open

Has anyone tried using the central locking switch. In certain operations the locks on none of the other door except the drivers will open from outside or inside unless the central locking is disabled by a double click. Good safety feature I think, but a common problem obviously. Maybe nobody cared to read about security features in their manual.
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Re: Modus Fuel Filler Flap will not open

Thanks for all these helpful suggestions. As it happens, mine is a Grand Modus, which means the back end bodywork is a bit longer so the internal arrangements must be different and I can't reach or see anything to do with the filler lock mechanism just by using the rear light unit access - but I could remove the seat belt reel! The garage is obviously right in that a fairly extensive removal of the inner lining of the car will be necessary to get at the remote control solenoid or whatever.
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