Why won’t my Honda CRV gas door open?

The gas door not opening problem is common amongst the Honda CRV users and many CRV owners are also frustrated with this problem. Therefore, we will give you a brief idea about the various causes which can restrict the gas door from opening.

The fuel door not opening problem in the Honda CRV can be tackled easily, but first, as a driver, you must know about the few things associated with the problem of the faulty fuel door. 

Honda CRV is an elegant and sporty looking vehicle. The car has evolved tremendously from its inception as an SUV. The car is available in the sports utility vehicle segment and is a great competitor to the other cars available in the segment. The car offers brilliant comfort to its rides, and being an SUV, the mileage it offers is also commendable. 

The car has an extremely powerful 118bhp engine which gives it quick acceleration even on dirt tracks. Moreover, the car comes with a 4WD system with a 1.6-litre diesel engine which provides 300 Nm of torque.

Even though the Honda CRV is a technically sound car, there are some annoying problems, such as the stuck fuel door, which is caused due to the following reasons.

Why won’t my Honda CRV gas door open?

The reasons behind the Honda CRV gas door not opening are as follows:-

  • Damaged fuel door release lever
  • Release cable damaged
  • The Hinge and spring are damaged.
  • Dent near the fuel door

These are some of the common faults that might prevent the fuel door on your vehicle from opening. The causes of the fuel door problem are explained in detail below.

Causes of a Faulty Fuel door on a Honda CRV

The Hinge and spring are damaged.

The fuel door is operated using a spring or a hinge in the VW Tiguan. Thus when the driver presses the flap of the fuel door, the spring mechanism actuates and opens the fuel door, then pops out from the latch. However, the spring or the Hinge that opens the Tiguan fuel door might be damaged.

The fuel door spring or Hinge damage is caused due to a dent near the flap. Another reason behind the non-functionality of the fuel door hinge or spring can be rusting. Since the component is water, there are chances that the spring might get rusted and eventually, due to rusting, the spring breaks. In such a situation, the fuel door won’t open.

Thus for the proper functioning of the fuel door and prevention of spring from breaking down, you need to lubricate the spring at regular intervals continuously. You can use WD40 motor oil or silicone-based grease to lubricate the fuel door.

Damaged Fuel door Release Lever

A fuel door release lever is present inside the vehicle’s cabin near the driver’s seat. The lever is responsible for the opening of the fuel door. The fuel door lever is made out of plastic and connected to a fuel door release cable. If the released cable gets detached from the fuel door release lever, then lifting the release lever won’t open the fuel door. 

Moreover, in some cases, if some heavy article falls on the fuel door release lever, then the plastic lock present in the release lever will break. Thus, the cable attached to the lever will get detached, and thus opening the fuel tank door will become nearly difficult. 

The fuel door release cable is damaged.

The fuel door on the Honda CRV is operated with the help of a fuel door release cable. The cable is made of metal, and since the cable is from the underbody of the vehicle, it is exposed to water. As the water strikes the surface of the cable, the metal gets oxidized, and corrosion starts to happen. Thus due to corrosion, the strength of the cable is reduced. Hence when the driver pulls the cable, the fuel door doesn’t open. Therefore in such a case, the cable needs to be replaced.

Moreover, the cable can also get snapped because of different causes. Thus, in that case, the fuel door of the vehicle won’t open.

Dent near the fuel door

Getting a dent on a vehicle is extremely common. Thus if the dent occurs near the fuel tank of the CRV, then the latch holding the fuel door in the locked position can get damaged. Thus, damaging the fuel door latch due to an accident will destroy the mechanism and make it difficult to open the fuel door.

Moreover, with a latch that has been damaged, you first need to get the dent repaired and then the latch changed with a new latch. Once the dent removal work and the latch are replaced, The fuel door will start working perfectly.


The Honda CRV fuel door, not the opening problem, is frustrating. However, if a person knows about the different causes that can lead to the problem, they can easily tackle the problem of a faulty fuel door. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Honda CRV gas door won’t open

How do you open the gas tank on a Honda CRV?

To open the gas tank on the Honda CRV, you need to pull the fuel door release handle, which is present near the driver’s seat of the car. When you pull the release handle, the fuel door will open.

How do you open a fuel cap?

To open the vehicle’s fuel cap, you first need to open the fuel door of the vehicle. Then the fuel cap will be visible to you. Next, just rotate the fuel cap in the anti-clockwise direction, and it will open.

Why won’t the gas tank door close?

One of the reasons behind the fuel door, not closing is breaking the fuel door hinge. The fuel door hinge is responsible for the movement of the fuel door. Hence if the fuel door hinges are broken, the fuel door won’t open.

Does Honda CRV have a gas cap?

The Honda CRV has a capless fuel filler. A capless fuel filler allows the driver to open the fuel door straightaway and insert the nozzle in the fuel filler to refute the tank.


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