Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gas filler door stuck, almost ran out of fuel

asked by on

I almost ran my tank dry the other day when I had to drive home with very little fuel because the gas filler door on my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t open when you pull the lever! It was pouring rain and I couldn’t get it open quickly so I decided to risk it. A car with 58,000 miles on it should not be having problems like this! Very disappointed. What do I have to replace to get this to STOP?

The fuel door on the Santa Fe has an electrical actuator to open the door and a back up release cable inside the vehicle near the door. The two main causes for the fuel door to not open are either a faulty electrical actuator or a worn door tension spring. Your mechanic will check if the door spring is defective by pushing the release and having an assistant lift out the door. If the door opens, the spring is defective, otherwise, they will proceed to use the emergency release cable. If the door opens normally while using the cable, then the electrical release solenoid needs to be tested to determine if it is receiving power. I suggest YourMechanic diagnose your system to solve this issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Gas filler door stuck, almost ran out of fuel

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car stopped after rough idle

This is a common symptom of a faulty idle air control module. This module regulates the control of air being mixed with fuel at idle. When this is faulty, it will cause an imbalanced amount of air and fuel to...

Q: My ignition is messed up

You will need to replace the ignition key cylinder if that is all that is damaged. Once the damaged parts are installed then you can then reprogram your new keys by using one of the original keys held up to...

Q: Engine light coming on

Hi there. It sounds like your vehicle has what is called evaporative emissions codes being stored. The evaporative emissions system is designed to keep fuel vapor from escaping to the atmosphere. These systems run a "self test" to check for...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.