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Old 12-28-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Fuel Door wont unlock

Hello everyone,
Im in a bit of a situation here. As we all know the astra has a locking fuel door. Well mine has decided it will not unlock anymore. This is of course one of those things you learn when your almos on empty :/. I have looked at the fuses and none look as though they need to be replaced, and eveything else is working perfectly on the electrical side. doors unlock/lock ect... Does any one know of a manuel over ride of this lock? or has this happened to anyone else? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 12-28-2009, 04:43 PM   #2
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Never happened to me, and I don't believe there is a manual override. If you can, get to the dealership as it sounds like the solenoid that locks the door went bad.

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Old 12-28-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Fuel Door wont unlock

was that an option? mine is manual.

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:10 PM   #4
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LOL, As we all know the astra has a MasterLock locking fuel door. Daughters has a combination lock on the door, with a bike lock on the gas cap.

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:31 PM   #5
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was that an option? mine is manual.
When you lock the car with the fob, the fuel door also locks. A solenoid activated pin goes through the hole in the latch.

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Fuel Door wont unlock

ok if anyone wants to know i took it to the dealership today. They hadnt seen it happen before, but they think its the solenoid so they orderd the part today. In the mean time however as saturnracer said in the back theres an access pannel on the right side and theres is a single black cable(not the one going to the tail light) that if you follow down you will feel a steel cable that if you pull or push will manually operate the lock. at least i can put gas in it again. wasnt sure if i was gonna make it on the way to the dealer.

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Old 12-29-2009, 09:21 AM   #7
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ok if anyone wants to know i took it to the dealership today. They hadnt seen it happen before, but they think its the solenoid so they orderd the part today. In the mean time however as saturnracer said in the back theres an access pannel on the right side and theres is a single black cable(not the one going to the tail light) that if you follow down you will feel a steel cable that if you pull or push will manually operate the lock. at least i can put gas in it again. wasnt sure if i was gonna make it on the way to the dealer.
Thanks for the info.

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Old 12-29-2009, 01:58 PM   #8
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Someone should write a book "101 things nobody knows about the Astra" ... thinking of doing that myself. lool!!!!!

Good to know, in case it ever happens to anyone else!!!

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Old 12-30-2009, 08:03 AM   #9
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Things would be a hell of a lot easier if only GM had produced shop manuals for the north american market that we could purchase instead of having to but a cd for the sister vauxhall uk car. Every gm car that i have ever owned, except a 78 omega, i have purchased shop manuals for.

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Old 12-30-2009, 10:58 AM   #10
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Someone should write a book "101 things nobody knows about the Astra"...
Or more aptly, "10,001 Things Noone Will Ever Know About The Astra". Including the car itself...don't think I could fill one hand counting the ads I ever saw for those cars, all media combined. They were nice, drove one fresh off the truck and it had some really nice touches, but seems by that time GM knew they were gonna throw that baby out with the bathwater.

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Old 12-30-2009, 11:10 AM   #11
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I love that almost everything our overseas Astra cousins post on their forums can be found with a simple Google search (well, at least if it doesn't pertain to US measurements, lol) I found this:

http://www.vauxhallownersnetwork.co....etrol-cap-open

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Old 03-01-2010, 04:28 PM   #12
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So, just to make sure I understand correctly, the fuel door locks if the car is locked? Sweet.

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Old 03-01-2010, 04:48 PM   #13
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So, just to make sure I understand correctly, the fuel door locks if the car is locked? Sweet.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:53 PM   #14
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Default Re: Fuel Door wont unlock

Had this same thing happen to me last year, turned out it was solenoid. Temporay fix was to remove the solenoid and open manually.

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Old 03-13-2010, 07:38 PM   #15
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The solenoid went the other day. I have to call the Dealer for a replacement.

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Old 05-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I have made it home with enough gas to get to the gas station tomorrow morning on my way to work. I Couldn't believe this had happen to me with very little fuel left and I was out in the country.

I went to fill up before heading out to notice my gas tank outer door wouldn't open, I had tried everything but nothing was working. I got to my destination and had asked a friend to try and see what he could find on the internet. With no luck I tried calling GM only to hear that they aren't open on Sunday's, and On star wasn't any help at all. All she told me was that if I ran out of gas that they could bring me a tow truck, and they could tow me to a closed dealership. Geez Thanks.

I came home and found this in no time. So again Thank you Thank you Thank you.

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Old 04-07-2011, 08:43 AM   #17
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Old thread, current problem.

Same thing happened to me 2 weeks in a row, both times with low fuel indicator on. Left the station and headed for the Buick/GMC dealer that used to be my Saturn dealer. The first time the tech tried numerous things and it unlocked said it was probably a "logic lock" meaning the computer was confused. I kept checking it all week and it was always unlocked when the car was unlocked until I pulled into the gas station yesterday. Back to the dealer, same tech and none of his tricks worked until he played with the connector. Scheduled appointment early next week to have it looked at and hopefully fixed.

Btw, none of the methods mentioned here or in other forums worked to open the fuel door. When I asked the OnStar advisor to unlock my fuel door, he did not even know the fuel door locked and said they could only doors.

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Old 04-07-2011, 04:14 PM   #18
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I stand corrected about ont of the methods mentioned. I was able to open the fuel door from inside the car by following the cable down towards the rear of the car and pulling it to release the fuel door.

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Old 06-16-2011, 07:11 PM   #19
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Wanted to THANK YOU guys for the tip on the gas lock cable. My boyfriend surfed onto the forum about 1.5 seconds before I took a crow bar to my gas cap a while back when I found myself running out of gas and the gas cap inexplicably stuck shut.

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Old 06-17-2011, 07:50 AM   #20
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It is nerve wracking sitting at a gas station, having your car tell you you have about 20 miles left, and the the gas door won't open. Luckily for me the Saturn service center was only a few miles away.

I ended up getting mine replaced under warranty.

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