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Has anyone had any issues with the gas door not popping open in extreme cold temperatures? Mine froze and would not open during the last cold spell we had here in the NYC area. I tried many attempts by pushing the lid at the gas station (red gas light on) and the door would not open. A few days later I noticed some light waves in the gas door and now I am annoyed.

Do you think Alfa will assist on this one? Is it possible to get gas door pre-painted in Alfa Rosso?

17” Q4 Giulia with sport package. First and only issue after 4000 miles.
 

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I have not had this problem, but the string/wire/cable that attaches the cap (that clicks) behind the fuel door was frozen last week which made unscrewing the cap a little cumbersome. Eventually it loosened up again and all is ok.
 

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Has anyone had any issues with the gas door not popping open in extreme cold temperatures? Mine froze and would not open during the last cold spell we had here in the NYC area. I tried many attempts by pushing the lid at the gas station (red gas light on) and the door would not open. A few days later I noticed some light waves in the gas door and now I am annoyed.

Do you think Alfa will assist on this one? Is it possible to get gas door pre-painted in Alfa Rosso?

17” Q4 Giulia with sport package. First and only issue after 4000 miles.
Hi Loudiesel151,

We would recommend visiting a certified dealership for an official diagnosis of your concerns. If you require further assistance during your appointment please send us a PM with your VIN and let us know!

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I haven't experienced that but my outside mirrors froze in the closed position. I manually moved them into there open position and they started working when it warmed up. No problem since.
 

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Yeah, that happened to me once. I think there is a latch that can get frozen. I simply sprayed some de-icer around the area where the latch would be and bingo - door opened. My next plan of attack was simply to bring a cup of warm water and pour it into the gas cap area.
 

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Yeah, that happened to me once. I think there is a latch that can get frozen. I simply sprayed some de-icer around the area where the latch would be and bingo - door opened. My next plan of attack was simply to bring a cup of warm water and pour it into the gas cap area.
What happens when that water freezes?
 

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I wonder if this would have help the situation or not? Maybe not if the fuel door was frozen to the body of the car and it wasn't just the latch.

Emergency Fuel Door Opening
In the event of an emergency the fuel
filler door can be opened by operating
from inside the trunk.
Proceed as follows:
1. Open the trunk and locate the
emergency fuel filler release cap on the
inside lining.
2. Open the cap, and pull the cord inside
to unlock the fuel filler door.
3. Open the fuel filler door by pressing
on it (see the previous instructions).
 

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What happens when that water freezes?
Didn't have to go to plan 2 so I guess I'll never find out. I envision myself cleaning off the area with de-icer after it opens to prevent future issues.
 

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My gas door won't open! Where is the release cord?
 

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I unlocked, locked, unlocked, locked. The unlocked, started the car, moved pumps, then turned the car off. No luck!!! Drove home, looked in trunk and found a string. Tugged on it, and nothing. Tried tugging a little harder, nothing. Then I tried the door and after the 2nd push, it opened. I open and closed it a few times and it still sticks a little, but it seems to be OK. Not sure if it will occur again, but if so I will take it to the dealer for a "professional" inspection!
I did learn my lesson though; don't wait until 2 bars on the gauge before trying to refill!!!
 

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You have to unlock all of the doors to unlock the gas cap cover, driver's door unlock is not sufficient.

Once unlocked you have to push in on the cover to pop it open. This second step seems rather dicey when things start freezing and/or get dirty. I haven't checked to see if the door can simply be pulled open once it is unlocked. I see that the mechanism for this has a soft rubber boot; it would be a good idea to ensure that said boot is always sealed and in good condition.

When freeze-thaw cycles start happening just about any door will freeze in position. I'm not ready to say that Giulia's design is better or worse than the others.
 

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I know mine, even with the doors unlocked, has to be pushed 2 or 3 times to pop open. Seems to work kinda like a BMW door handle: pull once to unlock, pull again to open.

I've also found that if you push and hold for a 1-count you get a better experience.
 

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Spray some pure silicone (most auto parts store sells) no oils just silicone, on a rag and carefully wipe rubber gaskets. Less sticking when frozen and keeps them from drying out. I always do this to the doors, will look at gas door.
Learned this from a VW mechanic 30 years ago and it also cut down on the noise from the doors due to body flex (VW vans lots of flex, doors rubbing on rubber seals).
 

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I know mine, even with the doors unlocked, has to be pushed 2 or 3 times to pop open. Seems to work kinda like a BMW door handle: pull once to unlock, pull again to open.

I've also found that if you push and hold for a 1-count you get a better experience.
For my MY2018 Q4 I simply push the door once on the rear edge, hear a faint click as I push it in and then it pops out a little bit when I release. At this point the rear edge is sticking out about 1/2 inch and the latch is no longer engaged so that I can pull the door fully open. It will only unlock if all doors are unlocked--not really the best arrangement for physical security.

The rubber boot covered mechanism on the door is actually just a fixed pin that goes into a hole in the plastic surround of the filler pipe. Presumably the moving parts of the latch are behind that hole and the purpose of the boot is to prevent water/ice/dirt from getting into it. I expect that if the pin is not properly centered in the hole the release will not work properly. Would it make sense to spray some silicon lube into the hole?

The fuel door on my 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 froze shut once, and it is simply a door with a finger grip to open it. I was able to get it open with a considerable amount of force.
 

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I unlocked, locked, unlocked, locked. The unlocked, started the car, moved pumps, then turned the car off. No luck!!! Drove home, looked in trunk and found a string. Tugged on it, and nothing. Tried tugging a little harder, nothing. Then I tried the door and after the 2nd push, it opened. I open and closed it a few times and it still sticks a little, but it seems to be OK. Not sure if it will occur again, but if so I will take it to the dealer for a "professional" inspection!
I did learn my lesson though; don't wait until 2 bars on the gauge before trying to refill!!!
Hi 4doorturbo,
We regret to hear of this experience and would like to extend our apologies regarding any inconvenience. If you find this happens again and choose to visit the dealer, please let us know. We would be more than happy to offer an additional layer of assistance. Just send us a private message with additional information.
Julie
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