How to Replace Your Ride's Fuel Door Latch
As the food of your vehicle, the fuel is very vital to be replenished every single time. The fuel door serves as the access of the fresh fuel that will be inserted in your ride's system, so it must work properly all the time. An essential component of the fuel door is the latch, which helps in the open and close movement of the fuel door. If your fuel door latch becomes damaged, how can you have access to the fuel door itself, right? So you must replace it immediately. These tools and steps can surely help you:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you will need:
- Torx wrench
- Penetrating oil or spray
- Emergency bolts
- New fuel door latch
Step 1: Turn off the engine, and disconnect the negative ground cable from the battery terminal first with the help of a wrench. This can help you to prevent any electrical problems or accidents.
Step 2: You must locate the fuel door in your vehicle so that you can gain access to the old fuel door latch. Unlock the fuel door, and open it widely until you see that the space is enough for you to remove the old latch.
Step 3: Remove the inner trim panel of the fuel door with the help of a screwdriver. Make sure that all its fastening screws will be lifted away.
Step 4: This time, disconnect the old fuel door latch from the lock cylinder of the fuel door itself. Detach the power locks and all the electrical connections as well.
Step 5: You may now remove the old fuel door latch. In order to do this, loosen and remove its fastening bolts with the help of a Torx wrench. These fasteners are usually located on the edge of the fuel door's outer area.
Step 6: If the fastening bolts of the old fuel door latch are too tight to be removed, you can apply a penetrating oil or spray to loosen them up. Store the bolts if they are still in good condition for reinstallation later on.
Step 7: You may now lift the old fuel door latch away. Pull this out through the access hole in the fuel door.
Step 8: You may now install your new fuel door latch. Make sure that all its bolts and connections will be securely attached before mounting it inside the fuel door. Attach the emergency bolts in case the old bolts from the old fuel door latch cannot be reused.
Step 9: Reinstall all the components that you have removed earlier in reverse order. Start with the power locks and electrical connections that join the lock cylinder and the fuel door latch together. Reattach the inner trim panel of the fuel door afterwards.
Step 10: Reconnect the negative ground cable to the battery terminal. Close the fuel door after finishing the replacement process. Try to open and close it several times in order to test the efficiency of your new fuel door latch, and then you're done!