Fixing a Stuck Fuel Filler Door
A common problem with the V8 Vantage is that the fuel filler door can get stuck. You stop at a gas station to fill up, you press the button to release the fill door to access your gas cap, and... nothing. You can hear the motor releasing the door, but the door doesn't budge. It's a moment of terror when you realize you can't fill your car up with gas!
The fix for this is surprisingly easy for most cases (rarely, the process in this DIY doesn't fix the problem). There's also a stop-gap until you fix it that most people don't know about. I've heard of people using credit cards and other tools to jimmy open the fuel filler door, but none of that is necessary. There's a release for the filler door in the trunk. I mentioned it a while back in a blog post, and I also discuss it here in this video:
DISCLAIMER: As always, follow all safety protocols. Don't undertake this task if you aren't comfortable with it and fully understand it. You are ultimately responsible for anything you do. Neither Redpants, LLC or myself is responsible or liable for anything that may occur.
T30 Torx bit
Ratchet for the bit and extension
Philips-head screwdriver (optional)
About 10 minutes
Release the fuel filler door using the manual release inside the trunk cubby. It's the white ring in the picture below. Just push it toward the front of the car to release it.
Note: Removing the gas cap might make this job easier. If you remove it, do so carefully using the Philips-head screwdriver.
Use the T30 Torx bit, extension, and ratchet to loosen (do not remove!) the two Torx bolts holding the filler door arm onto the car. You can see them here:
Move the filler door arm back into place - you'll feel it 'seat' in the right spot. Hold it in that spot with one hand while re-tightening the Torx bolts with your other hand.
Close the filler door. The gap between the filler door and the body of the car should be even all the way around the filler door.
Press the filler door release button to test it and make sure the filler door is releasing like it's supposed to. If it isn't, pull the manual release in the trunk and try again, making sure the gap around the whole filler door.