How do you open the gas tank on a 2001 BMW X5?

How do you open the gas tank on a 2001 BMW X5? I can’t get the fuel door to open. Am I doing something wrong? Is it stuck?

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Melanie Mergen · Answered on Jan 06, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Opening the gas tank door on a 2001 BMW X5 is simple in theory, but it can get a little more complicated if the unlocking mechanism doesn’t work.
Here’s how to open the gas tank on a 2001 BMW X5:
  • First, unlock the vehicle, which will also unlock the fuel filler door
  • At the fuel filler door, lightly press in on the door until you hear a click. Then, the fuel door should pop open.
  • Unscrew the filler cap and place it in the bracket found inside the door while you refuel.
  • Once you’ve filled your tank, press in on the door until it’s latched shut again.
If you can’t get the fuel door open this way, there could be a problem with the locking mechanism. If that’s the case, there’s a manual release in the trunk area of your BMW X5. You’ll find it behind a panel near where the fuel door would be. Simply pull on the tab with the fuel pump symbol to release the fuel door.
If after this you’re still not having luck, you might want to enlist the help of a mechanic in case there’s a problem with the fuel door’s mechanism.
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