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fuel door won't open; kia optima

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Aug 19, 2022, 9:34 AM

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US made, 2014 Kia Optima LX 4 door sedan.

Anyone had any experience with this model's fuel door? Seems it fails a lot (can't open or won't close). Kia has acknowledged the problem.

My son broke the door (broke off the latching part) trying to get it open and I'm wondering about the fix. It's basically two parts; the actuator and the door. I'm inclined to a new fuel door ($30) and a WD40 washdown of the actuator. Or ...

Should I just have the dealer do it? If he does, and the unit is failure prone, at least we can go back and demand satisfaction. I suppose they'd charge over $100.

Thanks all.

Hammer Time
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Aug 19, 2022, 10:45 AM

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I doubt anyone here has personal experience with that particular vehicle with that particular issue.

I know they don't usually have problems with both opening and closing. It's usually one or the other if it's an electrical release.

Not really something that can be diagnosed remotely.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 19, 2022, 1:51 PM

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IDK? Sure is a pest of a problem either way. If closed is there a release (manual something) inside so at least you can get fuel?

If this is all chipped or scratched up body color painted you'll be shocked at the cost of making it pretty again!


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