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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 2014, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Cap Locking bar broken

Hey, i recently took owner ship of a 10 plate cooper S, I love the car to bits and cant get enough of how nice it is to drive compared to other cars ive owned.

I filled up for the 1st time today and noticed that the fuel cap was always unlocked even when the car was, i took a closer look and found that the little bar that gets pushed into the cap via a solonoid when the car is locked has been broken off.

Is there any easy way for a nooby like myself to remedy this? if not how much will i be looking at from a dealer, ive had the car a week so dont believe i can really go back to the dealer i purchased it from as its abit out of time now.

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I guess it depends on the kind of dealer you bought from, but if it's a reputable dealer a week isn't in the least too long to take it back and ask them to fix it.

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I got in touch with them, they seemed slightly reluctant to help and said theyd look into it for me and havent even got back to me yet, its been a week since then. Any ideas?
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A week is no time at all. The "dealer" must have known about the problem before you bought the car. Get back to them and ask them to fix it.

Unless you bought the car "as seen" and you signed a waiver to support this fact, there has to be a limited warranty on the vehicle, even if the limited warranty is valid for 3 months (or even a month!).

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A week is no time at all. The "dealer" must have known about the problem before you bought the car. Get back to them and ask them to fix it.

Unless you bought the car "as seen" and you signed a waiver to support this fact, there has to be a limited warranty on the vehicle, even if the limited warranty is valid for 3 months (or even a month!).
I have the same problem with mine.

The part un-clips from the solenoid.

You need to remove the carpet from the rear of the left side of the boot to be able to get to the part.

This carpet is held in place by 6 retaining clips which when you take the center pin out of them they release for the retaining hole.

I am looking for the part number (could do with some help with that)for the replacement part as soon as I have the part i will write a short explanation on fitting the new one.
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The locking bar is only available with the solenoid as complete assembly .

The dealer got upset a little when I told him that it was stupid to have a removable component made of plastic which is not replaceable , the whole assemby is 55.00 sterling ($73.50 US Dollar)

I am an engineer by trade and I will repair the one I have.

If it works out well I will post the solution

I know it is a little petty, Car manufactures Pi** me off.

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I have the same problem with mine.

The part un-clips from the solenoid.

You need to remove the carpet from the rear of the left side of the boot to be able to get to the part.

This carpet is held in place by 6 retaining clips which when you take the center pin out of them they release for the retaining hole.

I am looking for the part number (could do with some help with that)for the replacement part as soon as I have the part i will write a short explanation on fitting the new one.
I think the part number you are looking for is 67116985880 (the whole assembly of course) but you can check it here RealOEM.com - Online BMW Parts Catalog .
If the part has been made by man, it should be repairable by man, I have manufactured many custom replacement parts over the years which have outlasted OE stuff by at least a factor of 10. Don't be afraid to have a go at fabricating something - if your current latch is stuffed, you can't be any worse off - just remove the broken part and copy it as closely as possible. Complex shapes can be milled, fabricated or cast and a cast aluminium part will probably outlast an original plastic one.
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