2001 Nissan Altima GXE fuel door won't open

Tiny
FREEBIRD5500
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  • 2001 NISSAN ALTIMA
The lever to open the fuel door and release the trunk won't work. I can open trunk with key but cannot get the fuel door open. Help please!
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 AT 2:31 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

Open the boot and peel back the trim on the fuel filler side, you should see the lock mechanism, and you should be able to trigger the lock manually, The fault may be that the cable has broken or is stretched to the point it wont trigger the lock.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 AT 9:48 PM
Tiny
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Thank you mhpautos. I've tried that but on this model, when you peel back the carpeting in the trunk, you cannot see the mechanism or the back side of the fuel door. It must be between the actual wall of the car and the outside. It's not accessible from the inside. But I really appreciate you response and thank you again. Freebird5500
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 AT 10:01 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

I won't be beaten that easily! If the latch for the door is forward, the cable may run under the lower door trim, and up behind the seat, this trim may only be clipped in so it should lift out with out to much trouble, if screwed remove screws and trim. If you locate cable follow to lock, it will have to be accessible for servicing. As I am in Aust, our versions are R/H/ drive so all controls are reversed this can make things a bit tricky. See how you get on.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 AT 11:36 PM
Tiny
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Thank you so much dear friend from the other side of the world! I was able to remove the plastic rivets holding in the carpet, saw the trigger and spring, and pushed it. First I thought to pull it but that didn't work. So the fuel door flew open! This is wonderful. Now we can use the car again until funds are available to really have it repaired correctly. For now this is fine with us! I appreciate all your help! You sound like me. Determined to find the way! Judy
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Friday, November 23rd, 2007 AT 3:07 PM

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