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By AKSteve
#119682
The lock has failed on the gas door flap on my 992 C4S. I found the emergency release pull, pulled it...and nothing happened. Pulled on it harder....and it snapped. I tried prying the damn door flap open with a plastic butter knife and some chop sticks to no avail and eventually had to bring it to the dealership. They diagnosed a broken lock, filled my car up with gas for free and told me the parts were on order.

That was back on November 19th and the parts are still on order. I need gas again and I'm going to head back to to dealership tomorrow to request another refill. I guess they have to put the car on the lift and take the front tire off to open the gas door flap. And then do it all over again to close it in the locked position after the tank has been filled
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By Cuda911
#119686
Ouch! I wonder why the cable wouldn't open it. When you pull the cable, you don't feel or hear any release. Just gently tug it and see if the door opens.
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By AKSteve
#119691
Cuda911 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:11 pm Ouch! I wonder why the cable wouldn't open it. When you pull the cable, you don't feel or hear any release. Just gently tug it and see if the door opens.
Oh, I did everything the manual said to do. You're supposed to pull on the cord while pushing on the front edge of the door flap. Nothing happened. I kept doing that while pulling progressively harder until the emergency cable snapped. The emergency release, btw, is impossible to reach by hand. It's inside the door hinge of the passenger door. I had to daisy chain a couple of zip ties and get one to close around the pull before I could even yank on the emergency release.
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By fpena944
#119713
AKSteve wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:52 pm The lock has failed on the gas door flap on my 992 C4S. I found the emergency release pull, pulled it...and nothing happened. Pulled on it harder....and it snapped. I tried prying the damn door flap open with a plastic butter knife and some chop sticks to no avail and eventually had to bring it to the dealership. They diagnosed a broken lock, filled my car up with gas for free and told me the parts were on order.

That was back on November 19th and the parts are still on order. I need gas again and I'm going to head back to to dealership tomorrow to request another refill. I guess they have to put the car on the lift and take the front tire off to open the gas door flap. And then do it all over again to close it in the locked position after the tank has been filled
Wow what a hassle!

Any ETA on when the part should arrive?

Who knew the little flap would be so secure? I know they don't really feel that way when you lightly tug on them.
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By AKSteve
#119750
fpena944 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:43 pm Wow what a hassle!

Any ETA on when the part should arrive?

Who knew the little flap would be so secure? I know they don't really feel that way when you lightly tug on them.
Yeah, it sucks. If I was out of town, the only option would be to break the door flap off. They've changed the lock on recent Porsches. My older cars just had a little plastic rod or tab that would shoot out and hold the door flap closed. You could easily pop that open if you wanted to. The new lock is a rod (see image below) that pushes out into a hole in the gas door flap and then twists to lock. You can't physically pry it open anymore. No idea why the emergency release pull didn't work.

Anyway, the new lock showed up today, so I'll be good to go soon.

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By fpena944
#119809
AKSteve wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:41 pm
fpena944 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:43 pm Wow what a hassle!

Any ETA on when the part should arrive?

Who knew the little flap would be so secure? I know they don't really feel that way when you lightly tug on them.
Yeah, it sucks. If I was out of town, the only option would be to break the door flap off. They've changed the lock on recent Porsches. My older cars just had a little plastic rod or tab that would shoot out and hold the door flap closed. You could easily pop that open if you wanted to. The new lock is a rod (see image below) that pushes out into a hole in the gas door flap and then twists to lock. You can't physically pry it open anymore. No idea why the emergency release pull didn't work.

Anyway, the new lock showed up today, so I'll be good to go soon.

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Yeah I often forget my newest Porsche is already 7 years old so I'm sure a lot has changed!

Glad to hear the part has arrived. What an unusual failure but glad you'll be back on the road again.
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By AKSteve
#120068
Still out of commission. Apparently I broke something or other when trying to pry the fuel door open. I should have my car back on the road…next Wednesday. Grrrrr!

Message from the service advisor this afternoon:
“Steven, my tech got the lock installed however it wasn't locking properly. He found that the housing for the filler neck has one of it's tabs broken off likely from being pryed on. It will need to be ordered and vehicle unfortunately won't be able to be driven without it sitting properly as the cover won't be on”

This is all pretty embarrassing for a new car this expensive.
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By AKSteve
#121223
Yay! I can put gas in my car again! Hooray!
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By Cuda911
#121246
Hooray! Now, can you still afford it?
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By AKSteve
#121250
Wow! That is goddamn expensive. Gas prices seem to have peaked here at around $3.70/gal for regular unleaded. It's pretty amazing how flat the price was in 2020 right up until when Joe Biden took office in January '21 and then the price took off.


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By fpena944
#121253
Cuda911 wrote: Wed Dec 08, 2021 9:27 pm Hooray! Now, can you still afford it?
Wow! I know here in NC I paid $4.99 for premium on the CTT the other day. So I guess only $1 more in CA isn't too bad...
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By N_Jay
#121290
Why couldn't they just remove the cover till the part came in?
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By AKSteve
#121366
N_Jay wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 8:46 am Why couldn't they just remove the cover till the part came in?
Because it would look all jankity and ghetto? Actually, I never asked. They just said it couldn't be driven without the cover on. Anyway, it's good as new again.
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