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Old 01-23-2010, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fuel Cap lock replacement

i bought a new gas cap without lock and cannot get the lock out of the old cap. Does anyone know how to remove it?
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hold the cap and it should come out its not in really well. take a look at take it apart.
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Default Freelander Gas Cap Lock Removal/Replacement

Not sure if you figured it out, but for the benefit of others I thought I should post my findings. I have a 2004 Freelander HSE and just did the fuel cap switch-out.

There are pretty much 5 main parts to the gas cap:
(1) the top of the cap
(2) the bottom of the cap which spins and secures the plug in place
(3) a big spring inside the bottom of the cap
(4) a little black locking tab at the bottom the cap bottom (more on this later)
(5) the lock cylinder/key mechanism

To get the key cylinder out (obviously the cap is off the car and the key is still in the lock), you press the bottom on the cap (#2) in against the cap top (#1). You'll see a little notch in #2 that allows a small tab from #1 to fit in, locking the two together. This lets you turn the key a bit more (counter-clockwise) and releases a small internal locking tab (#4), which allows you to pull the cylinder out. Keep in mind that #4 actually holds #1 and #2 together, so be prepared so you don't lose the spring (#3) in case you want to keep the old cap.

When you pull the cylinder (#5) out, you'll see #4 still attached to the end of it. Simply pry it off with a small screwdriver and then push #5 into the new gas cap (take a look inside the new cap to make sure you're lining up #5 to clip into the new #4, which is already inside the new cap).

That should take care of it!
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