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Old 10-30-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
Terry Kangas
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stuck fuel door

I can't get the fuel door on my 1988 XJ6 to open, and of course the fuel
tank is almost empty. I've been told there is an inside release for the
door. Can anyone tell me where it is located? And what is the probable cause
for this. Actually I know what the cause is, I left it sit outside in the
rain for a week while I was out of town. It gets real cantankerous when I do
that !!

thanks,
Terry


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Old 10-30-2005, 12:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: stuck fuel door

Terry Kangas wrote:
> I can't get the fuel door on my 1988 XJ6 to open, and of course the fuel
> tank is almost empty. I've been told there is an inside release for the
> door. Can anyone tell me where it is located? And what is the probable cause
> for this. Actually I know what the cause is, I left it sit outside in the
> rain for a week while I was out of town. It gets real cantankerous when I do
> that !!
>
> thanks,
> Terry
>
>

I can't tell you exactly, could be electrical or physical problem (there
must be a solenoid or small motor that works off the door lock system).
If you open the trunk and remove the upholstery from the left (driver)
side, you should be able to see the mechanism and maybe you can figure
out a way to disengage it. You can probably troubleshoot it while you
have access to it, too, by disconnecting the harness and applying 12v
and ground to the appropriate pins in the connector. If the harness
connector is wet or the pins are corroded, perhaps the electrical signal
is not getting through to disengage the lock; or, perhaps there's rust
on something in the mechanism that slides or pivots.

I. too, have problems when my 89 sits on the rain, like a trunk full of
water and an engine that won't start. I'm working on the starting
problem (ignition, I'm fairly certain), but I still haven't figured out
how the water gets in the trunk.
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Old 10-30-2005, 20:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: stuck fuel door

Terry Kangas wrote:
> I can't get the fuel door on my 1988 XJ6 to open, and of course the fuel
> tank is almost empty. I've been told there is an inside release for the
> door. Can anyone tell me where it is located? And what is the probable cause
> for this. Actually I know what the cause is, I left it sit outside in the
> rain for a week while I was out of town. It gets real cantankerous when I do
> that !!
>
> thanks,
> Terry
>
>

Something else to check: if I'm reading the manual correctly, fuse 13
in the left fuse block (under the driver-side dash?) provides current to
the left rear door as well as the fuel filler flap lock, so you might
see if that fuse is blown.
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Old 10-31-2005, 05:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: stuck fuel door

Open the trunk, pull back the carpet under the petrol filler and you will
see a small white push button/lever. Push this up and the lid should pop
open. Make sure you check to see that the hose line running down the side
of the filler tube remains connected or you will end up with a trunk full of
water. It may be a good idea to check to make sure this is clear as well.

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"Terry Kangas" <kterryatpacifier.com> wrote in message
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> I can't get the fuel door on my 1988 XJ6 to open, and of course the fuel
> tank is almost empty. I've been told there is an inside release for the
> door. Can anyone tell me where it is located? And what is the probable

cause
> for this. Actually I know what the cause is, I left it sit outside in the
> rain for a week while I was out of town. It gets real cantankerous when I

do
> that !!
>
> thanks,
> Terry
>
>



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Old 11-06-2005, 04:01   #5 (permalink)
Andy Coles
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Re: stuck fuel door

When you get the fuel cap open clean out all the shit that accumulates in
the rubber nech around the filler pipe. When you have done this if you look
at the rear of the rubber seal (towards the back of the car) right down at
the lowest part of the rubber seal you will see a small drain hole. this
may be blocked, it seems to happen from time to time esp if a car is kept
outside. Try carefully rodding with a bit of flexible electrical wire,
this does the trick for me.

Andy

"webserve" <webserve00@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Open the trunk, pull back the carpet under the petrol filler and you will
> see a small white push button/lever. Push this up and the lid should pop
> open. Make sure you check to see that the hose line running down the side
> of the filler tube remains connected or you will end up with a trunk full
> of
> water. It may be a good idea to check to make sure this is clear as well.
>
> Webserve
>
>
>
> "Terry Kangas" <kterryatpacifier.com> wrote in message
> news:11m9sgc9023bj92@corp.supernews.com...
>> I can't get the fuel door on my 1988 XJ6 to open, and of course the fuel
>> tank is almost empty. I've been told there is an inside release for the
>> door. Can anyone tell me where it is located? And what is the probable

> cause
>> for this. Actually I know what the cause is, I left it sit outside in the
>> rain for a week while I was out of town. It gets real cantankerous when I

> do
>> that !!
>>
>> thanks,
>> Terry
>>
>>

>
>



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