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I needed someone to create this thread before I bought my Cruze. I read some articles about the car, visited a few dealerships after hours to see a Cruze 'in the flesh' without being 'helped', and then I test drove one to see how it drove, and sounded, and felt. Then I made the decision to buy a Cruze, and I decided which model and color I wanted. Fortunately the exact car I wanted was sitting on my nearest dealer's lot! I showed up and told the salesman I was interested in buying THIS car. We discussed the price, he gave me the keys and left me alone to explore the car. I wanted to sit in all the seats, look at the trunk and the engine compartment, and see how things opened, turned on, adjusted, etc. I figured out just about everything on my own EXCEPT how to open the fuel door! I couldn't see anything on the door which indicated how it opened from the outside, so I searched the passenger compartment for a release lever or button. I have a similar looking fuel door on my 1988 Fiero GT, and it has a release lever. I did try pushing on the door, but I didn't use enough pressure to open it. I didn't want to do the wrong thing and break something (especially since this was going to be MY car!). So when the dealer asked if I had any questions, I did have one for him. :)

How to get to the gas cap....

Go to the round door located on the passenger side rear quarter panel.

Imagine the door has a clock face on it, and put your finger where the '9' would be. Use a clean finger or thumb, not a rock, or car keys, or anything with an abrasive surface, or you will scratch the finish on the fuel door.

Push down on the '9'. Not 'down' toward the ground. Push on it as if your intention was to stick your finger through the side of the car. As though you wanted to touch the driver's side rear tire.

Continue to push with a firm pressure. You will need to apply more pressure than you need in order to type text messages on your mobile device, but less pressure than is required to do a pushup. Try to do a pushup so you will be able to compare.

If you do this properly, the fuel door will give way, moving inward, and then stop. When it stops moving, release the pressure you are applying (pull your finger back toward your body).

The door will open, revealing a secret compartment containing a fuel (gas) cap.

Mission accomplished!

I am exhausted, but I am glad to have contributed. I will leave it to someone else to create related 'how to' threads (like 'how to remove the gas cap', 'how to put fuel into the car', and 'how to close the fuel door').:th_coolio:

And in all seriousness, let me say that I love this forum. It has saved me time, money, and frustration. I appreciate all of the sharing of information, and I hope that you'll take this message in the spirit it is created - with love and the sincere hope that it will make you smile.
 

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Perfect for a "new/potential owners" thread. I approve! :eusa_clap:
 
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I had to laugh at this only because it hit home a bit. I was ready to go fill up for the first time since buying my Cruze and there were two things I didn't know. 1) Which side of the car was the gas cap on and 2) How the **** do you open it. I made the wife read the owners manual to me on the way to the gas station. The again, I live in Jersey and can't pump my own gas. At least the attendan knew how to access it. Fortunately I pulled in on the correct side of the pump.
 

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Well done good sir. :goodjob:
 

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Haha that's awesome. I think most people go through this as I did. But I learned that on the fuel gauge, next to the fuel pump picture there is an arrow. It points to the direction of which side the fuel is pumped on. Maybe on all cars? Very helpful for when I brain fart and forget which side, look down and poof it tells me.

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I'm glad fuel door is on the passenger side. I never have to worry about opening the door and scraping the bottom on the concrete slab that some pumps sit on.


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Definitely a needed post..sadly, but true! I know for certain, I went from driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee where you just flicked it open. I know that I spent some time trying to figure it out! Like Jgaul said.. you have to laugh because it hits home.
 

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I had to laugh at this only because it hit home a bit. I was ready to go fill up for the first time since buying my Cruze and there were two things I didn't know. 1) Which side of the car was the gas cap on and 2) How the **** do you open it. I made the wife read the owners manual to me on the way to the gas station. The again, I live in Jersey and can't pump my own gas. At least the attendan knew how to access it. Fortunately I pulled in on the correct side of the pump.
Look at your gas guage. There is a little arrow that points to what side the cap is on. :)
 

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I had to laugh at this only because it hit home a bit. I was ready to go fill up for the first time since buying my Cruze and there were two things I didn't know. 1) Which side of the car was the gas cap on and 2) How the **** do you open it. I made the wife read the owners manual to me on the way to the gas station. The again, I live in Jersey and can't pump my own gas. At least the attendan knew how to access it. Fortunately I pulled in on the correct side of the pump.
I've always driven cars with the fuel door on the left. Five months later, I *still* pull in on that side. *facepalm*
 

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I actually rented a car one time and couldn't figure out how to open the gas cap. I was really glad I didn't need to fill the tank (I prepaid for a full tank.) This and other "easy" how-to's" are definitely useful. Although the information for some of these are in the owners' manual, they tend to be buried. Note I said "some", not all simple owner maintainence items are in the owners' manual.
 

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Hahahahaha! Read the title and thought it was a smart response to the oil check. What's funnier is that I actually called onstar to figure it out. *super facepalm!
Took me a long time to get my man card back.
 

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Great post.
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Rented a Cruze a couple months before I bought one. Had to return it to airport with a full tank of gas. I almost tore the interior apart trying to find a lever that said "Open Fuel Door."
 

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This would have been helpful when I was standing at the gas station in July 2011 when I got my car... It was 6AM and my owners manual and phone were at home. I kept looking for a button when I just looked at it and thought, "Meh.... I'll give it a try" and pressed it. I felt so stupid. I was at the station for 2-3 minutes before I figured it out...
 

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What's funny is when you have the moments of less-than-stellar performances such as standing there staring at the fuel door, you wonder who has been watching you and laughing the whole time. I've learned to just laugh at myself and shake my head. :lol:
 

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I am so glad that I stumbled upon this while sifting through the immense amount of valuable info on this forum. I would have been stumped beyond belief since my last car had a release lever inside. I am grateful that there are people out there that are willing to list out the absolute basics to new Cruzers and new owners in general. It seems that every car has a different way to do different things these days. It makes life much easier than trying to look through the owners manual. Luckily I won't have to fill up for another 250+ miles though. MAN I love the MPG. Only used a 1/4 tank through an entire week.
 

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Haha that's awesome. I think most people go through this as I did. But I learned that on the fuel gauge, next to the fuel pump picture there is an arrow. It points to the direction of which side the fuel is pumped on. Maybe on all cars? Very helpful for when I brain fart and forget which side, look down and poof it tells me.
↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ...this! Here are some examples:

• Driver's side (left):



• Passenger's side (right):


• Driver's side (left):
 
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So my new Cruze has had some delays with the paint so I'm still using a demonstrator Cruze which the dealership has leant to me.
Just went to get fuel and went to open the cover from inside the car. Couldn't find any levers or buttons. Then I remembered reading that it was electronic release so I looked on the key. Nothing there bugger! Go to look in the manual but they've taken it out of the car! So the girlfriend googles "how to open fuel cap cruze" on her phone and the first link is from Cruzetalk (she knows that I recently joined this forum) so she clicks on it and this thread comes up. Saved me some embarrassment. =P
 

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OK - last week I went to get gas and pulled into the wrong side of the pump. You'd think that after 27,000+ miles and 16 months I'd have changed my reflex for this.
 

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OK - last week I went to get gas and pulled into the wrong side of the pump. You'd think that after 27,000+ miles and 16 months I'd have changed my reflex for this.

 
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