Gas lid lock on 2002 v70

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by Njord, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. Njord

    Njord Guest

    Earlier this week, we had the unfortunate experience of having the gas lid
    lock refuse to unlock despite repeated attempts to get to do so pushing the
    interior button, gently and not so gently banging on the door, and uttering
    various oaths in various languages including Swedish. Nothing worked. Of
    course we were traveling away from home and did not have enough fuel to get
    home. Luckily we had a cell phone with a signal and called Volvo On Call.
    The were very helpful in locating a dealer that we could drive to with the
    remaining fuel. The dealer very kindly disconnected the lock and we were
    shortly on our way. Frankly, I was surprised to find out that there is no
    override on the lock. I seems to me to be a serious shortcoming to have a
    design involving and electro-mechanical device with no manual override. We
    had quite a bit of snow the night before we left for home and the car was
    outside during that time. However, the temperature remained below freezing
    and was just about at the freezing point when we arrived at the gas station
    some 30 miles from our starting point. I mention this because it is possible
    that the weather conditions had something to do with the malfunction,
    although I would think that this car should be relatively immune to wintry
    weather.

    I wonder if anyone on the list has had a similar experience and if so what
    did they do about it? I would like to return the lock to functioning, but
    would be reluctant to do so without some means on disabling it should it
    decide again not to unlock. Anyone have any ideas on how to fit a manual
    override?

    --

    Njord

    "It is remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can
    sweep away the madding frustrations of shore living."
    --Ernest Gann
     
    Njord, Dec 29, 2004
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  2. Our 2001 XC70 has a cable you can pull inside to open the gas cap cover.
    You have to remove the panel on the side inside to expose it and reach
    back inside to use it. This procedure was covered in the manual. If
    yours doesn't have this, you could probably install it ourself.
     
    Stephen Henning, Dec 30, 2004
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  3. Njord

    Njord Guest

    Reportedly the 2001 models had such an override, but not the 2002's--a
    serious shortcoming in my opinion. When I visit my local dealer to discuss
    fixing the lock, I'll ask if there is a way to fit an override.

    --

    Njord

    "It is remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can
    sweep away the madding frustrations of shore living."
    --Ernest Gann
     
    Njord, Dec 30, 2004
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