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Problem with actuator in 1999 VW Jetta

The gas tank door on my 1999 Jetta has stopped opening. I figured out how to pop the latch manually from inside the trunk but really wasn’t planning on doing that forever.

The mechanics say that the actuator which controls the rod that opens the door is bad…and will cost $180 to fix. I think I’m getting hosed.

Can I replace this part myself?

A gas tank door actuator is just the kind of thing that I’d expect to cost over $100 on a VW. I don’t see any reason to assume you’re being hosed.

It should be pretty easy to replace yourself, and if you can find a used one on eBay or a wrecking yard, you’re good to go.