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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