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HELP!! Gas tank cover won't pop open and I'm almost out of fuel!!!

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Old 01-24-2003, 06:35 AM
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Default HELP!! Gas tank cover won't pop open and I'm almost out of fuel!!!

I can hear the mechanism move when I depress the release button, and I've tried popping it open manually through the trunk but neither operation has worked!

Any thoughts? It's so cold that I think something may have frozen it shut, and I've been working so much lately that I haven't had a chance to deal with the problem during the day. Do you think warm water might do the trick?

I hope everyone here is doing well!

-Eric
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Old 01-24-2003, 06:37 AM
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Blow dryer/heat gun next to the catch? If your in the cold snap area I would stay away from water
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Old 01-24-2003, 06:38 AM
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HOT water will probably do it. A hairdrier might also work.
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Old 01-24-2003, 06:43 AM
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Default They do freeze shut, if you have de-icer trickle a little along the seam being careful to wipe off

paint. Dryer is a good idea if available.
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Old 01-24-2003, 06:52 AM
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I always just punched the lid with a gloved hand and it opened every time.
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Old 01-24-2003, 07:06 AM
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Be careful with hot water as if the ambient temp is very low it will just freeze, too.
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Old 01-24-2003, 07:11 AM
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Ask Kim to sit on it. He's very hot.
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Old 01-24-2003, 07:13 AM
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Default Single malt scotch.

Pour a little around the edge of the cap and voila! Open cap.

Of course, you can't drive for an hour after that 'cause your TT is "under the influence," but it's a small price to pay.

Other high-alcoholic content beverages will work, but personally, if I won't drink it, the car doesn't drink it
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Old 01-24-2003, 07:26 AM
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Default Yeah, I realized that a few seconds after I typed it...

It might loosen the lock but then it would probably just refreeze it. Hey, at this point I just want to get a full tank of gas in the car.

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Old 01-24-2003, 07:27 AM
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I think this or 70%+rubbing alcohol are good ideas.
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