Opening the fuel tank cap of a car can be confusing especially when you drive different cars every few days. Here’s our quick guide on how to be a smart car user!
The good old location of a car’s remote fuel tank cap opening lever has been on the right side of the floor, just ahead of the driver’s seat. Pulling this lever pops open the fuel tank cap which can be on either side of the car.
While most mass segment cars still have the remote fuel tank cap opening lever placed at the conventional location, it can be different for some models. The possible locations are:
Conventional Location Of Fuel Tank Cap Opener
As discussed above, lever is located on the right side of the floor, just ahead of the driver’s seat. Note that in some cars, there will be two levers, one each for opening the boot and the fuel tank cap. Be careful not to be open the boot by mistake.
Powered Fuel Tank Cap Opener
Most European and premium vehicles do not have a separate button or lever to open the fuel tank cap. Unlocking the doors will automatically unlock the fuel lid. Just press the lid gently and it will pop open. Examples include the Volkswagen Vento and the Ford EcoSport.
Fuel Tank Cap Opener Via Electric Release Button
If you do not find the lever at the conventional position and unlocking the doors does not help, look out for a small button elsewhere with a ‘fuel dispenser’ sign on it. This button will either be on the right side of the steering (example, the Mahindra XUV) or on the driver side armrest (example, the Tata Safari). Press this button when the car is stationary and the lid will pop open
While the powered and electric options are easy to use, in rare cases, these can malfunction. In such a scenario, the fuel tank cap will not open no matter what. However, manufacturers provide a manual over-ride functionality which can be accessed by opening the boot. Refer to the owner’s manual for the exact location and what needs to be done next. In most cases, you will notice a removable flap on the inner side of the boot – it will be located on the same side as the fuel lid. Open this flap, access a knob and turn it as indicated to release the fuel lid.
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