Honda Civic Fuel Door Release does not operate


#1

I have a 2003 Honda Civic EX. I tried to put fuel in my car and when I pushed the fuel door release it would not pop open the fuel door. Therefore, I cannot get gas. Is this something I can fix and how or am I going to have to take it to a Honda dealer. This is my work vehicle so I need to correct this issue quickly.


#2

Bring it in to the dealer. You have a broken cable or something, and I seriously doubt you can access this part easily or before you run out of gas. It should be a fairly inexpensive repair, even at the dealer.


#3

On my 02 Sonata theres a cable inside the trunk marked “Emergency fuel door release”

Your Honda will have the same thing. Just give a yank.

And now you can get this fixed “at your leisure thru the years.”


#4

Another thought is if the fuel release door has a broken spring or rusty hinge. The cable or solenoid is working fine, but the door just fails to open up.

Have a friend push the button will you pull on the fuel door. If it opens, the release is working. Now find out why it doesn’t pop open.

A broken spring needs to be replaced, but a bent spring can be re-bent. A rusty or sticking hinge can be freed up with some penetrating lube and working it in by moving the door back and forth. Use a good lubricant, not WD-40. WD-40 will evaporate too quickly, leaving you back here within a week.


#5

'04 Civic here…that trick pull to open the trunk-push to open the fuel filler cable junction is north of $225 to replace (the whole cable assy has to come out).

Been there-had to do that!


#6

One week after posting this problem I found a solution researching the issue on line. Use the following website to correct this issue if you have this problem: www.fueldoorfix.com
The part cost $19.95. I ordered it on a Saturday and received in less than 5 business days. The website has a video that explains how to use the part and repair the problem. I repaired my fuel door this morning in about 1/2 hour. It works like new. My local Honda garage quoted me $100 for this repair.
I’m glad I found this website and want to pass it on to others that encounter the same problem. The website is worth checking out and it will save you a costly repair. My fuel door works like it always had.


#7

Thanks for posting this. It is sure to help the next person with the same problem. And, I’m glad someone figured out a cheap fix. Typically, these cables must be replaced when the break like this.