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How to repair a broken Fuel Flap Solenoid
This might save you some cash
I was unable to remove the road wheel as the garage had done it up too tight, I broke the wheel wrench trying. With the car jacked up I could see three nuts one alan head scree on the left and one large plastic disk left back.
I was able to remove the solenoid by disconnecting the wires and rotating the solenoid while pushing the pin in (I was able to open the flap). When the solenoid was opened I found that the plastic drive pin had broken away from the emergency release pull pin it had broken into 3 pieces and was jammed I checked that the motor was still working. After cleaning all the parts I glued it back together using 5 minute epoxy (two part liquid) when dry I sanded all sides with a fine grade paper. Next I got a Philadelphia cheese lid and cut two pieces to run down each side (dont put anything on the top or bottom) and glued these on using the epoxy. Once dry I cleaned them up with a scalpel and sanded the edges.
You then have to file the housing to allow the slightly bigger pin to fit make sure it has room to move freely. Put the unit back together with some grease. All I need to do now is buy a new wrench and go back to the garage to get the wheel nuts loosened and re-tightened with a torque wrench and refit the solenoid. How do you get those plastic pins in the liner out?
Can anyone tell me what the black box mounted just below the solenoid is?
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Last edited by Martman; 4th March 2013 at 07:03 PM.