Fuel Flap not locking!!

az101

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Hello. I've swapped this on mine as I had the opposite issue. It's a £30 part from the dealer. Swap is 4 clips holding the fuel bit in and 1 screw and a wiring clip. Easy peasy just be careful and use a cloth so you don't scratch your paint!

Open fuel door
Take fuel cap off
There are 4 indents in the black plastic. 2 at the top 2 at the bottom. Push them down so the clips release then the whole black part including door
Slide it out left side first.
Undo screw
Pull out module
Take wiring harness out
Reverse for reassemble.


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Mark300zx

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Hello. I've swapped this on mine as I had the opposite issue. It's a £30 part from the dealer. Swap is 4 clips holding the fuel bit in and 1 screw and a wiring clip. Easy peasy just be careful and use a cloth so you don't scratch your paint!

Open fuel door
Take fuel cap off
There are 4 indents in the black plastic. 2 at the top 2 at the bottom. Push them down so the clips release then the whole black part including door
Slide it out left side first.
Undo screw
Pull out module
Take wiring harness out
Reverse for reassemble.


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Thanks, sounds easier than I anticipated, don't suppose you have the part number handy from the receipt?
 

R.Bot

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Oct 30, 2019
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This has been discussed before and you are lucky that yours failed unlocked rather than locked. It's far easirer to fix. I need to do mine as some point as it's making a few `noises`...
I would advise do it asap. First I knew mine had failed was when I couldn't get it open on the forecourt and was low on fuel. I was under warranty still but SEAT weren't interested unless I could get it to them and I didn't have enough fuel to ! What was wrong with the old keyed cap under the cover, why do they have to over complicate things !!
 
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Brian Gordon-Stables

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I would advise do it asap. First I knew mine had failed was when I couldn't get it open on the forecourt and was low on fuel. I was under warranty still but SEAT weren't interested unless I could get it to them and I didn't have enough fuel to ! What was wrong with the old keyed cap under the cover, why do they have to over complicate things !!
It's a fair point. I'll get on it.

VAG over complicated a few things like the silicant bag/heater matrix issue, electronic water pump that fails and a few other things.

Hopefully that will be it for now. Most other things have been changed.
 

SuperV8

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Hello. I've swapped this on mine as I had the opposite issue. It's a £30 part from the dealer. Swap is 4 clips holding the fuel bit in and 1 screw and a wiring clip. Easy peasy just be careful and use a cloth so you don't scratch your paint!

Open fuel door
Take fuel cap off
There are 4 indents in the black plastic. 2 at the top 2 at the bottom. Push them down so the clips release then the whole black part including door
Slide it out left side first.
Undo screw
Pull out module
Take wiring harness out
Reverse for reassemble.
Is this on the hatchback or estate?
 

SuperV8

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SuperV8 this was on the estate. But I think hatchback is the same process


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That's great, I have an estate - and a none locking fuel flap, doesn't even make a noise.
I was told it was quite involved to change so just forget about it! but going by the above i'll look at changing it.

thanks,
 

az101

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Aug 29, 2011
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Burnham-on-sea
Thanks for the updated info. It was a few years ago a did mine! Although mine did fail to unlock again once a few weeks ago. So it does seem to be a bit of a weak point! The hardest part was getting the plastic clips out without damaging paint!


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Stefan147

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A month ago I replaced the tap motor under warranty. Frequent VAG problem. I only found out because I do a lot of retrofits and scan the car all the time and I got a fault warning. Otherwise it was working fine.

Part number for the hatchback is 7P0810773F. Should be the same for the estate as well. Costs around £20-25 and its very easy to DIY.
 

R.Bot

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Once I had got into mine and fitted a new actuator, I did consider just leaving it unplugged. The flap will still latch shut and unless we have blockades and fuel shortage again, is petrol theft from cars really that big an issue? I knew I couldn't live with something that wasn't working properly so plugged it in and now just carry the kit to open it again, at all times, just in case I get stranded somewhere.
 

Brian Gordon-Stables

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az101

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Burnham-on-sea
You'll likely get the same thing cheaper from a main dealer. I found that it was about £10 more to buy from eBay than from the dealer. Weird. Probably stocked by vw also


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SuperV8

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I'm not sure that mine even works but I guess it should be replaced anyway.

@SuperV8 I found this but you might be able to find it cheaper:

Yes that's the one.
There is a protrusion - circled red - which can be for a red plastic emergency access pull cord - through not sure my Leon has this? Maybe could be retrofit and left in the boot somewhere?
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Brian Gordon-Stables

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Yes that's the one.
There is a protrusion - circled red - which can be for a red plastic emergency access pull cord - through not sure my Leon has this? Maybe could be retrofit and left in the boot somewhere?
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Interesting point. I read somewhere that the Audi's have that manaul release fitted - so assuming the same part is used, SEAT just didn't incorporate it.

Would be good if it could be retrofitted.
 

R.Bot

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Defo no manual release on the Leon. If it is the same part minus the red cable, for the sake of a few pennies it makes you question the logic of not fitting it, considering the agro it can cause? I get that penny savings matter on large scale production but really? Premium feature / brand hierarchy maybe? As it happens, when I was stuck on the forecourt unable to put fuel in and furiously beating the flap in the hope it would open just one last time, another driver did come over and say "oh, haven't you got a release in the boot?". Didn't look but they probably had an Audi..........
 

SuperV8

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Defo no manual release on the Leon. If it is the same part minus the red cable, for the sake of a few pennies it makes you question the logic of not fitting it, considering the agro it can cause? I get that penny savings matter on large scale production but really? Premium feature / brand hierarchy maybe? As it happens, when I was stuck on the forecourt unable to put fuel in and furiously beating the flap in the hope it would open just one last time, another driver did come over and say "oh, haven't you got a release in the boot?". Didn't look but they probably had an Audi..........
Yes looks like the Audi version 8F0862153E includes the plastic pull cord!

Penny pinching indeed!
Is there access to this from the Leon boot? could we just tie some string around this point for emergency access?
 
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