I can't open my fuel cap. The switch is on the door next to switch for trunk. Switch moves but it doesn't open. What can I do?

Asked by Mar 04, 2013 at 12:07 PM about the 2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The switch moves but doesn't release.  Can I open this manually?   Thanks for your help..

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In side the trunk there should be a small cable that says fuel door

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Pull on that and door opens

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yep! and if still stuck shut a little pry with a screwdriver will spring it,while pulling

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I wouldn't try the screw driver method... I had a similar problem on my '01 Jetta GLX and it ended up being a blown fuse #14 (10 amp). #14 runs the trunk and fuel door release, sunroof, key fob, window & mirror switches.

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On my '03 Passat Wagon, I did not see a manual release cable. I suppose the cable is more easily seen in the sedan. Or maybe it doesn't exist in my model. I inspected fuse #14, and it appeared intact; however, when I put the fuse back into its socket, the fuel lid opener did work, so it looks like the fuse had become badly seated (oops, I had not checked any of the other items that depend on fuse #14 to verify). The lid opener is not listed in the fuse guide; nor does the owner's manual mention which fuse it depends on. That made this thread a huge time saver for me. THANK YOU.

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I have had that issue when I purchased my VW Passat 2016, First you have unlocked all door then push fuel cap from outside

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I had the same problem with my 2014 passat.. someone seen me struggling with it and helped me out. All you have to do is lock the car with keyless entry and then unlock the car as well , press on gas cap compartment and it should pop open

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