Fuel Door Not Closing
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    I have a 2011 limited and my fuel door is not closing all the way and it doesn't open/close as smoothly as it did when i first got it. I've now noticed many 200's on the road with their fuel doors in the same position. I've tried googling everything i can think of, but can't find anything.

    Has anyone replaced or repaired theirs? I'm wondering if the hinge or bracket or something is bent or maybe rusted.

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    Is your fuel door same as the Sebring? ie: Does it just swing on a hidden hinge inside with no catch to hold it shut?

    If so, my Sebring was the same. The hinge, is above the rear wheel, would get dirty and start to get hard to open and close. This caused the arm, that the door is attached to, to bend, and then it is impossible to bend it back to sit flush like it used to.

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    I believe it is since it's a 2011 and it does just swing on a hinge with no catch. What you describe sounds exactly like what happened.

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    What you need is some spray lube with the long tube so you can reach back there and spray the hinge periodically.

    I did this through the fuel door opening, and it frees up the hinge so it doesn't bend as much. It us a blind shot, so you have to give it a shot, then move the door back and forth, and give it more until it frees up.

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    Mine closes too far in and I have to use a credit card or tool to pull it out. Is it possible it has been bent in?

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    As far as closing too far - I am pretty sure the steel isn't that thick on the door. You might be able to adjust it carefully by bending it with your hands - but if you aren't confident enough or are worried about accidentally breaking it, just take it to a body shop and they can adjust it. It also might be that the catch is bent in.
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    How to Reset the Warning Light Gas Cap That Is Loose or Missing

    Turn off your vehicle's engine. Push button to unlock the gas cap door, if your vehicle is equipped with a locking gas cap door. ...
    Step to the gas cap door. Open the door. ...
    Replace the gas cap. ...
    Close the gas cap door. ...
    Use an OBD-II code scanner if the warning light does not disappear. ...
    Continue driving the vehicle.

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