1987 ford taurus wagon

the fuel door release on my car hasnt worked since i bought it a few years ago and well i was just wondering what i can do to fix it

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Is it a cable or electric release? Meaning do you push a button or pull a lever? If you push a button, do you hear any sort of click?
Alternative to fixing it, if it's using the rear release you dont like, is to take the latch-plate off the fuel door.
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With the price of fuel, I bet he's trying to get it to function so he doesn't lose $50 some night. The poster won't say what it does or doesn't do, what he has tried, the sound it makes or other sensory tips that would help. So to answer his questions as directly as possible I offer these tips on his "wondering."
1. Take it to a shop. 2. Take it apart and fix it at home. (Buy parts at dealer or scrap yard.) 3. Buy a locking cap instead for about $6.
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ok thanks for being a smart @#$ i dont know much about cars so thats why i am here and no i dont care about losein money i just like for things to work i havent tried anything cause i dont know what to do it doesnt do anything cause it dont work it dont make a sound cause its broke but thank you for your time and effort all is appreciated
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Al...I took care of this, dont have a hemorrhage.
BJC, look at my other response
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I'm in shock and awe.
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its a cable release. and on the fuel door itself there is a metal strip that is there that i think is out of place cause when i go to close the door i have to push that thing back in or it hits the car
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Then that (the latch-plate, usually with or also acts as a spring)is your problem... ask to look at someone else's similar car, to see how it's supposed to be configured. - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - -- - - - - And.. while we are sympathetic... it would have been nice if you had said that in the first place, rather just saying "it's broke" and blowing up at someone making a non-derisive remark. look at it again... you said "it's broke", he gave you what response he could, given the little info YOU supplied
Evidently you spend no time on 'net forums... we'll help you out like family would.. but we'll also, like family, sometimes be pissy just to get your reaction.
Noone here is getting paid for this... and the info, being from multiple sources; many with actual experience on same problems, others with same credentials as the 'experts' on ad supported sites... means you usually get a much more in-depth answer -collectively- than you would there.
Now... you have your answer on how to fix it- given what we know, and you've inspired NO ONE with the same car to go out and give you the definitive step-by-step instructions; so if that isnt good enough for you then piss off.
If you'll bother to look and tell us how those little tabs that are apparently loose are fastened to the fuel door, then we might have some other ideas.
Hint: Salvage yard.
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BY THE WAY...
if you figure out for yourself how to replace/fix it, have someone operate the release, while you watch the little plunger ... to make sure it works and you dont have to pry the fuel door out again to make it open
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well i am truely sorry for acting that way and i know i said broke and well to me thats all it was and like i said to al i really do appreciate the help that he gave but even if i had a lack of information he still could have helped me look in the right direction i dont know how that thing works so i didnt know what i was looking at or for. but what i did was i un screwed the latch on the door and took that metal strip and put it to were it is behind the latch and now it opens with out the strip getting in the way. And seriously i appreciate your time and patience to help me with this it has ment a lot to me.
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"bjc0286 via CarKB.com" wrote

The metal strip should be the "spring" that helps pop the door open when you pull the cable. Most of it attaches to the door, with one end (rubber tipped?) pressing against the edge of the "hole" (when the door's closed) and bending, like standing on the end of a diving board.
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I think everybody is just glad that you fixed it yourself. You will be more ready to tackle the next problem, which is just around the bend. May I also suggest that you change or flush your transmission as the model you have is notorious for failure. I must add that some fear changing old fluid and prefer prayer as a prophylactic.
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