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cannot open fuel cap

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l recently brought a 2004 Fiat Panda Dynamic love the car but having real problem with fuel cap. l open the flap but on the cap there is no key lock so all l can do is turn cap anti clock wise with my fingers but it just doesnt open. Please help me as my car needs petrol
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

No lock is normal, Panda's don't have one.

When you say you can't open the cap, is it stuck or spinning?

If stuck, you need more force.

If spinning, it has a mechanisim to prevent overtightening, it's possible that this has broken.

Panda is my partner's car, so I don't have it in front of me to look at.

Does the whole cap sipn, or can you see a part that doesn't move? If so, you could carefully tap that part with a chisel to unscrew the cap.

If the whole lot is spinning, I'd try to carefully drill a small hole through the two parts, then insert something like a bar or screwdriver to lock both parts together, in order to remove it. I'd want to have a spare cap for reference though, to see where I needed to drill.

I'll have a look at her fuel cap tonight.

Obviously, be very careful about drilling, any doubt, take it to a garage.
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Quote Originally Posted by maggieann View Post
Hello all
l recently brought a 2004 Fiat Panda Dynamic love the car but having real problem with fuel cap. l open the flap but on the cap there is no key lock so all l can do is turn cap anti clock wise with my fingers but it just doesnt open. Please help me as my car needs petrol
Thank you all and look forward to posting on this forum
Hi. Just spinning..?

Or so tight you cannot turn it?

Mine has a locking cap..so no great experience of your issue
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

should unscrew anti clockwise and click clockwise

If it spins freely in both directions its broken and will need replacing

Sometimes you can get away with pressing hard downwards while unscrewing

If that fails try squeezing the sides in while undoing

Failing that the top unclips around the edge. Not sure if its possible while on the car.

Top should break off quite easy then carefully tap the lower part off

You can do what's in the video but be careful and only drill the outer part

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Re: cannot open fuel cap

Just tried this on my car and it worked but you need strong fingers

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Re: cannot open fuel cap

hello thank you for your reply it doesnt spin quick or difficult to move just wont come of
when l first brought the car and was fiddling with it l managed to open and fill up
but it was tricky . Now got no idea
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

Thank you lve just put a picture of it on ,hope you can see it
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

Just push in whilst turning anti clockwise..
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cannot open fuel cap

It sometimes requires a VERY strong anti clockwise twist to undo, especially if you have previously turned it clockwise fairly firmly.

When I say VERY, that's exactly what I mean!
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Quote Originally Posted by maggieann View Post
hello thank you for your reply it doesnt spin quick or difficult to move just wont come of
when l first brought the car and was fiddling with it l managed to open and fill up
but it was tricky . Now got no idea
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Hi again.
Sounds like fiddling \ brute force is required.. maybe 'phone a friend'...
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

And don't overtighten.

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Re: cannot open fuel cap

I've tried what you've all suggested thank you but still cannot open it
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

Try and get your fingers towards the outer edge while pushing down.


The close edge the more leverage you have. You can use the outer edge but press down with the other hand.
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

Koalar thank you so much lve managed to open it with your advice. 😁😁
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Re: cannot open fuel cap

Glad you got it open, my partner has told me she sometimes struggles.
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