How to Troubleshoot Sticking Fuel Door Lock
Have you experienced difficulties when opening your fuel door due to sticking fuel door lock? You are not alone. There are owners complaining the same problem with their fuel door lock. And fixing this problem on your own is not so difficult task. If fixing the lock is not the solution, then it's time to replace it with a new one. Learning how to locate, lube, and repair this lock can save you a lot of money than having it checked a repair at the shop. Below is a guide on how to lube, troubleshoot, and repair a sticking fuel door lock.
Things you'll need:
- Allen wrenches (small)
- Safety glasses
- Rubber gloves
- Lubricant and rust removal product
- Flathead screwdriver
Step 1: We recommend you to do this DIY job on a shady, well-ventilated, and safe location away from direct heat of the sun. Preparing the materials and tools needed prior to the maintenance and replacement will help you do the job with ease. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves for protection.
Step 2: Open the trunk and look for the plastic pop rivets. Remove them using your flathead screwdriver. Gently pry underneath the flat slots until the head comes out.
Step 3: Remove the foam cushions and floor carpet, then carefully remove the inner trunk panel.Place it on safe area. Doing this will give you an access to the actuator already.
Step 4: You need to carefully disconnect the wire harness, and manually unlock the latch by pulling it to the rear. You must also check the voltage while activating your remote lock or unlock. Start troubleshooting electrical issues if you notice that there's no voltage detected.
Step 5: Gently open the fuel door, and remove the quarter-turn cam lock. Use small Allen wrenches and wedge them in each tab in order to rotate the cam lock.
Step 6: Using an Allen wrench again, detent the safety tab on the actuator with one hand. Use your other hand to reach and remove the actuator assembly.
Step7: Using your trusted lubricant and rust removal product, spray a small amount in and around the latch. Put some of the product in the small openings near the working end as well. Move the latch back and forth until you feel comfortable of a smoother and easier operation. Do not forget to wipe off the excess product from the assembly.
Step 8: You can now put the actuator back in the harness.
Step 9: Check your fuel door lock by trying to lock and unlock your doors several times.
Step 10: Clean any remaining dirt and product around the area. Place your tools in their respective storage.
Doing this DIY job will only take you an hour or less even if you are just a beginner. You can always ask help from a professional, but doing it on your own will save you more money.Delaying the fix and/or replacement of your fuel door lock can be dangerous. Make sure to fix and replace them immediately.