How can I open the gas tank on a Honda Civic?

My friend works from home and was kind enough to let me borrow his car to get back and forth to work while my car is in the shop. I got a call today saying my car is ready to be picked up, and I want to return my friend’s car with a full tank of gas. However, when I stopped at the gas station, I couldn’t figure out how to open the gas tank. How do you open the gas tank on a Honda Civic?

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Answer provided by
Jack Walsh
Answered on May 02, 2022
That’s incredibly nice of your friend to lend you his car, and I’m sure he’ll appreciate having a full tank of gas!
Not all Honda Civics are the same, and the process of opening the gas tank depends on the model year. Below are instructions for both newer and older Civics.
To open the gas tank on a Honda Civic manufactured between 2015 and 2020:
  • Shut off the engine, exit the vehicle, and close the driver’s door.
  • Unlock the doors and locate the fuel door at the rear of the driver’s side of the vehicle.
  • Press the fuel door in and it will spring open, allowing access to the fuel cap.
  • Refuel as usual and press the fuel door in again to close it. You should hear a click once shut.
To open the gas tank on a Honda Civic manufactured between 2004 and 2015:
  • Find the fuel door release lever located on the floorboard to the left of the driver’s side seat.
  • Push the handle downward to pop open the fuel door.
  • Refuel as usual and push the fuel door closed until you hear a click when you’re done.
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