Gas lid won't open? Help!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Martin Joseph, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. I was working on my Wife's 1999 S70 today hoping to figure out why the
    frickin' check engine light is still on...

    On the way home, I decided to stop and put some gas into it... I
    couldn't because the gas door release switch is not working.

    This is very annoying as it basically makes the car useless.

    Is this a common issue that has been mentioned here before, and if so
    what's the fix?

    I noticed the trunk release which is on the same connector as the gas
    lid release doesn't work either? Is there a particular fuse I might
    look at?

    Thanks for any help or ideas with this. I will force it if need be (hope not).

    Martin Joseph, Feb 12, 2006
    1. Advertisements

  2. Martin Joseph

    Henry Guest

    Google is your friend.


    Henry, Feb 12, 2006
    1. Advertisements

  3. Martin Joseph

    volvo240drew Guest

    I don't know if you found out yet or not, but I think the S70 is the
    same as the 850 here:

    Open the trunk, and open the "hatch" covering the passenger's side
    taillights. There should be silver ring visible, parallel to the side
    of the car. Pull on this, and it should release the pin that locks the
    door shut.

    Hope this helps, drew
    volvo240drew, Feb 12, 2006
  4. Martin Joseph

    James Sweet Guest

    Did you check the fuses? It might be on the same line as some other
    James Sweet, Feb 12, 2006
  5. Martin Joseph

    Steve E. Guest

    Check your manual. Many cars have a manual release cable inside the trunk.
    Good Luck
    Steve E., Feb 12, 2006

  6. Thanks for the idea, but this car doesn't seem to have that great feature...

    Other ideas?
    Martin Joseph, Feb 12, 2006
  7. Not helpful. I googled before I asked.

    I don't see any help for my issue, other then the suggestion that
    there is a manual release ring that can be pulled, which there isn't
    in this case.

    So I am left with no good options, but forcing the gas caps lid open?

    Thanks for any ideas or suggestions.

    Martin Joseph, Feb 12, 2006

  8. I did, they all look ok.
    Martin Joseph, Feb 12, 2006
  9. Martin Joseph

    Steve E. Guest

    I just retrieved the nanual for my '01 c70 convertible (us). p.99 states;
    "The fuel filler door can be opened manually by removing the cover over the
    rt tail light housing and pulling the cord until the fuel filler door pops
    open." The cord appears to have a tag showing a hand and a station emblem.
    Don't give up yet.
    Steve E., Feb 12, 2006
  10. remove the panel closest to the fuel filler. Most 'good' cars have a
    brightly colored handle on a wire that manually opens the door. On my
    XC 70 there is a puller that looks like scrap that they provide to pull
    on, but for all the money that we pay for a new Volvo, the provide us
    with squat. It's inside of the panel or in your case probably buried
    behind the wheel well inside of the trunk.
    Administrator, Feb 12, 2006
  11. No, actually there is no such thing on this car (1999 S70). I removed
    the panel (right rear trunk lining) entirely, and can see nothing to
    help open the gas cap.

    I did however discover that the problem is SOMEHOW connected to the
    power lock system? I was troubleshooting and decided to test all the
    other accessories on the door. When I actuate the power locks I heard
    a click beneath the dash and the locks worked AOK. I then tried the gas
    cap release and it WORKED also. The same click from the dash is heard
    when the gas cap triggers.

    I have lots of experience with electronics and feel comfortable saying
    the problem is NOT the switch.

    Is there some kind of under dash relay for powering the power door
    locks AND other power accessories like the power gas cap?

    Thanks again for any ideas and or help on this.
    Martin Joseph, Feb 13, 2006
  12. Have you tried aplying pressure on the tank lid, while someone is pushing
    the switch.
    I was just thinking that maybe if the fuel tank cap was not properly set and
    giving pressure on the lid and therefore is blocking the lock.
    A loose tank cap could give check engine light!


    Per Hauge
    Per Hauge-Nielsen, Feb 13, 2006
  13. Thanks, but no, it's not a wedged lid, it's an electrical issue of some sort.

    Thanks again,
    Martin Joseph, Feb 13, 2006
  14. Hi Marty.

    I have tried to mail you directly, and haved enclosed some wiring diagrams.
    Let me know if you don't get the mail.

    Per Hauge
    Per Hauge-Nielsen, Feb 13, 2006
  15. In <S3vIf.1055$>,
    I've personally used the pull release in a '96 850. So at least the 854 GLT
    sedan definitely has one.

    Aawara Chowdhury, Feb 15, 2006
  16. Martin Joseph

    Dave Guest

    Had the same issue on my old '96 850. That didn't have any kind of pull
    release either. I simply removed the cover panel on the right hand side of
    the trunk and removed the actuator. It is a small cylindrical device with a
    pin that motor driven to catch a hole in a tab on the door. Two small
    screws are all that holds it in. Once that is out you simply have a
    non-locking gas door.

    Never got around to replacing it as my wife totalled the car a couple of
    weeks later :( Fortunately she was OK.

    Hope this helps.
    Dave, Feb 15, 2006
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.