1998 VW Beetle – fuel lid release button doesn’t work. Is there a way to pop the fuel lid manually?
The button that releases the gas lid (so you can refill your tank) does not seem to be working. First, is there a fuse that controls this? Second, is there a way to manually release the fuel tank lid?
I hate to tell you this, but you’ll have to get in from the inside of the trunk or boot area to open the gas door. Most likely you’ll need to pull the trim panel on the right side to get at the mechanism to release the gas door.
Now, VW was a bit odd, the gas door uses a electric solenoid to pull a cable pin that releases the door. Why it was done this way, I’ll never know, except that its German.
Once you’ve gained access to the mechanism, you should see the cable, pull on the cable to retract the pin, and the fuel door should pop open. Sorry to say that most of the time, you’ll need to replace the mechanism, though sometimes the mechanism will work ok once the door is open. You can check and see if you have someone operate the switch on the drivers door panel, and you watch if the pin retracts ( of course the door is open at this point or should still be open).
Sometimes, techs have fabricated a cable with a handle that sticks into the luggage area to manually release the lid because the mechanism is so fikle at times.
Hope this helps, a car nut.
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