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    This is a discussion on Fuel door popper within the Dodge Dart Tweakers Anonymous forums, part of the Dodge Dart Garage - The Mopar Zone category; I was looking at "stuff" on the interwebs and noticed that the Dart has an option for an electric fuel door popper, with the button ...

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      Fuel door popper

      I was looking at "stuff" on the interwebs and noticed that the Dart has an option for an electric fuel door popper, with the button being in the drivers door. How hard would that be to reftrofit? I understand you will need the button and the door popper, but is the wiring there? Does it run through the computer for some unknown reason? Would be interesting to do.

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      Quote Originally Posted by veaceonee View Post
      I was looking at "stuff" on the interwebs and noticed that the Dart has an option for an electric fuel door popper, with the button being in the drivers door. How hard would that be to reftrofit? I understand you will need the button and the door popper, but is the wiring there? Does it run through the computer for some unknown reason? Would be interesting to do.

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      They had them on the 2013-2014 darts. There were issues with them getting stuck and freezing in the winter which caused them to abandon them in favour of the push to open version that the 2015-2016 has. Honestly it'll be more money and hassle than what it's worth
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      I learned something new today. I thought all Darts had this. I've never had an issue with mine once I got the fuel door replaced per the recall.
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      I wish mine did NOT have the push button fuel door. I sure just like everything else on the car it is run through a computer, and will cost an arm and a leg to fix if it ever breaks. Plus if it does ever break, you have to figure it will break when you are out of gas, so you could very well end up stranded. (Sigh) Did I mention, that I wish my Dart did NOT have this option. LoL!
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      Quote Originally Posted by loxmith View Post
      I wish mine did NOT have the push button fuel door. I sure just like everything else on the car it is run through a computer, and will cost an arm and a leg to fix if it ever breaks. Plus if it does ever break, you have to figure it will break when you are out of gas, so you could very well end up stranded. (Sigh) Did I mention, that I wish my Dart did NOT have this option. LoL!
      There's a manual cable to pop it open in the trunk. The engineers take things like that into account.
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      My 13 had this and it would from time to time not work which was great especially when youre out of fuel and have a line of cars waiting for you to pump then leave...
      I would stick with the push pop thingy, but if you really want and are quite handy with small electronics could build your own for a few bucks...youll of course have to run the wiring, but really its not that hard it just depends on how bad you want it.

      You need a 12v source, a switch, a motor that pushes a rod out and a lot of time to fit it to where it looks nice....or you might be able to pull the motor and switch from another wrecked dart then do the wiring yourself. I wouldnt recommend pulling the wiring and this would not be a component that id imagine goes to the computer..

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      Only advantage in my mind to switching over to the old door system is then the black engraved gas door will be compatible
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      Quote Originally Posted by starscream5000 View Post
      There's a manual cable to pop it open in the trunk. The engineers take things like that into account.
      Yeah I read that somewhere, but that wouldn't have helped make my point. LoL! I was actually excited about this thread, because I thought all of the Darts came with the push button Fuel door unlock. Now that I know they don't, I might just look into "downgrading" mine.

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      Quote Originally Posted by loxmith View Post
      I wish mine did NOT have the push button fuel door. I sure just like everything else on the car it is run through a computer, and will cost an arm and a leg to fix if it ever breaks. Plus if it does ever break, you have to figure it will break when you are out of gas, so you could very well end up stranded. (Sigh) Did I mention, that I wish my Dart did NOT have this option. LoL!
      So, i did some research once before to help out @SmokyOwl with his sticking gas door... and you can actually buy the 2-3 parts needed to switch from the electric button pop door to the push to open version on the newer darts! And its not very expensive!
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      Quote Originally Posted by loxmith View Post
      I wish mine did NOT have the push button fuel door. I sure just like everything else on the car it is run through a computer, and will cost an arm and a leg to fix if it ever breaks. Plus if it does ever break, you have to figure it will break when you are out of gas, so you could very well end up stranded. (Sigh) Did I mention, that I wish my Dart did NOT have this option. LoL!
      Push-to-release latches can malfunction in the same way, leaving you in the same predicament (ie. you push it in, and it doesn't unlatch, so you can't open it). The mechanism in those things is probably all cheap plastic, and cheaper parts is probably the real reason Dodge switched to this style. You need a fuel filler door doesn't latch at all (never available on the Dart from the factory), to be sure this can't happen.

     

     
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