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Renault Clio FUEL FLAP WILL NOT OPEN

2007 Renault Clio Problem

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CarRenault Clio EXTREME
Year2007
Ownerhowler
Posted05/12/2011


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The Problem:

Hi,
I have a Clio extreme 2007.. when the car is unlocked the FUEL 'Flap' will not open,, so I cannot fill it up with petrol,,, I am running on fumes....There is nothing in the manual to help me.! I have taken all the boot panels off and all I can see is the rear seat belt tensioner.. which is attached to the inner metal skin of the car. There is as far as I can see, nothing to manually pull or push.

I have even taken off the tail light to see if I can gain access there, no joy!! Phoned up the local Renault dealer, all the mechanics have gone home but there was a salesman there who had worked on cars for renault...

He said... that on older models there was tab thing that was behind the panel that you could 'pull' which would release the flap>>> so this is not a new problem!! Renault was/is aware of this, then..





Solution 1


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A lot of cars , not only Renault have this inside the boot that enables you to open flap .





Posted on Monday 5th of December 2011

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Hi, Wittingeham..
Not sure how much of my question you can read? but I have written twice as much as is shown !! (( why do they as you to write as much as you can if they are not going to print it???))
But I have already had all the back compartment out, all of the hard lining, (if you had been able to read all that I had written you would have seen this) all I can see when that is all out is the inside skin (metal) of the car and the seat belt mounting for the rear passengers.. Renault say that they would have to do this in the workshop!! they say that their mechanic would somehow prise back the 'BOLT'?????? The AA said pretty much the same..






Posted on Monday 5th of December 2011

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This is the second half that seems to be missing from my question..--------







Posted on Monday 5th of December 2011

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Solution 2


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Newer models seem to be different re. emergency release . Check this which should allow you to release flap solenoid .


" 26th July 2010, 03:58 PM
This happened to our 55 plate clio this weekend. And I felt compelled to join this forum to post a bit of useful/accurate "how to" information.

On our model, it a regular bog standard clio, there is no emergency release pulley or clip despite what the previous posts say. I phoned the renault dealership that sold us the car and they confirmed this.

It is possible however, as I discovered eventually, to squeeze ones hand onto a tiny element of the central locking solenoid that locks the fuel tank door if you unclip the trim around the rear A frame where the fuel door is situated.

On our clio (with the trim removed) we seem to have an airbag unit just the above the seat belt unit. To the right and very slightly up from the airbag gas canister it is possible to get ones hand in to a small gap (this will be directly above the fuel door. Here you can feel what seems to be the top of a small piston or plunger. This is the lock device for the fuel door which you can pull up. This should "manually release the fuel door and you can fill up and then sort the route cause of the problem.

DO NOT attempt to tear off the door, there is no way for it to come off without causing major damage despite what you may think. "

Hope this helps






Posted on Monday 5th of December 2011

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Hi, I have managed to sort my Clio out, (to Whittingehame, THANKS, your second solution was also told to me by Renault, but you need a very small hand) What I did in the end,, in my 07 model,to get my FLAP TO OPEN is, you need a long thin screwdriver, just to the right of middle at the top is where the catch engages!! SO, you need to have a torch, force the flap open as much as you dare, then put your long thin screwdriver in from the BOTTOM, you are trying to see the catch system,,You can then poke the driver to push up the pin that locks the flap in place. This then will release the Flap. I have found out that it is the solenoid that is knackered. Renault want 160 to replace it.!! Me, I am buying myself a locking fuel cap.-- Thanks all.





Posted on Wednesday 7th of December 2011

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Solution 3


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Glad you got it solved , thanks for update . Good idea with petrol locking cap .





Posted on Wednesday 7th of December 2011

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Hi guys quite old post but still since this happened to me today and none of the above was correct for my 2008 clio am just posting in case may still be helpful since is a lot easier than other solutions ofered...

I placed the palm of my hand on the fuel flap and pushed (by friction between the painting an your hand) in the direction to the front of the car, then the painted cover of the fuel flap will slide, then you should be able to to see the naked cover and a hole exactly the size or a finger index finger... introduce your finger pushig a bit and that shoul be it... long before I had my car painted and I notice how easy this fuel flap was removed when took the clio painting the guy just removed the gas to take color sample and that's how i notice how fast is was then when gas problem I figured it out the rest.
cheers






Posted on Wednesday 13th of March 2013

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