850 fuel door won't open

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by LZR, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. LZR

    LZR Guest

    I have a 1997 850 whose fuel filler door won't open. My husband went to fill
    the car with gas this evening and couldn't get the fuel door open. The car
    was unlocked; the trunk was unlocked, but the fuel door remained locked. He
    brought the car home (with very minimal gas) for me to fix.

    I locked and unlocked the car several times, both with the key fob and the
    interior switch. No luck. When I pulled on the fuel door, it felt like the
    lock was stuck or jammed somehow.

    If and when you reply to this post, would you please copy me directly to my
    email as well?


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    LZR, Sep 9, 2006
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    Henry Guest

    Sorry to say, but this is a FAQ.

    (1) Read The Friendly Manual

    (2) If you don't have the FM, try a google-groups search for a.a.v.


    Henry, Sep 9, 2006
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  3. LZR

    LZR Guest

    I already read my owner's manual, and it did not address this problem.
    However, I did find a fix on brickboard.com and matthewsvolvosite.com.

    For the benefit of the next person who encounters this problem:
    - remove the trunk paneling covering the gas tank area
    - look for a long, silver wire with a loop on the end (manual door release)
    - gently pull the loop towards the rear bumper of the car
    - spray fuel door locking mechanism with WD40

    LZR, Sep 9, 2006
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    Henry Guest

    Bad Volvo! Bad! Why, once they had something right, would they change it
    to make it less good?

    You say that the owner's manual for the '97 850 doesn't mention anything
    about the locked fuel filler door.

    But in the manual for the '95 850 it does!

    In chapter 5, 'In case of emergency...', there is a section for
    'Troubleshooting' and on page 5-17 there is a paragraph titled (can you
    imagine?) FUEL FILLER FLAP DOES NOT OPEN [upper-case in the original].
    There one finds, with clear illustrations even, the procedure one needs
    to follow in order to deal with this problem.

    So...for future googlers who find this thread: if you've got a '95, the
    info is in the book but if you've got a '97...


    Henry, Sep 9, 2006
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    DE Retiree Guest

    And if that does not work, just unplug the electrical conector from the
    solenoid and problem is solved. You just won't have a locking door anymore.
    I did this on my '95 after multiple sprayings with WD-40 that did not solve
    the problem permanantly.

    DE Retiree, Sep 10, 2006
  6. The 1997 850 Owners Manual [which is at

    http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/1997/1997_850/97850_000.htm ]

    states on Page 6:18:

    "Fuel tank cover does not open

    Faulty motor in fuel tank cover
    Open the cover panel on the right tail light unit and pull on the hook.
    The fuel tank cover can then be opened.
    Remove the right floor cover (the center storage compartment must be
    opened first) and the cover panel on the right lower tail light. Pull on
    the hook and the fuel tank cover can then be opened."

    If your manual doesn't have this then download a copy.
    Stephen Henning, Sep 12, 2006
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    Henry Guest



    Henry, Sep 13, 2006
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