Re: Fuel Cap Release
Success on the fixing the fuel flap.
Basically the actual solinoid in the boot had broke in two bits. The solinoid itself and the catch which you can see poking out of the fuel cap had seperated, so when the solinoid pulled back the catch didnt move. As you can see from the picture, there should be a spring and a metal plug holding the black plastic catch on to make a single unit.
If anyone else thinks they have the same problem, you will find that when you open your fuel cap with the red string, the plastic catch will end up pertruding too far out of the car for you to be able to just push the fuel flap back in.
New Solinoid is about £45 quid from a dealer. Its a pain in the backside to get at but isnt a really difficult job to replace. I could only get at mine through the boot, behind the rear nearside passenger seat belt. Its held on with 2 x 11mm bolts.
Hope this helps,