It’s Friday night, on your way home from a Seahawks game, in a heavy downpour (why wouldn’t it be raining – it is Washington) , and your fuel warning light pings on stating “LOW”. You swing into your local gas station, open your door, pull your fuel door release, and get out of the car, only to discover that the door has opened. So you go back into your car, pull the lever again; still nothing!
Why isn’t the fuel filler door opening in my Subaru, and how do I get it open?
Well, on certain Subaru models, a TSB (technical service bulletin) has been released regarding an updated design change to the fuel filler door saucer. The TSB # is 09-61-15R, and effects 2015-2016 Legacy and Outback Models.
The bulletin includes the part numbers 51478AL00C (Outback Models), 51478AL01C (Legacy Models), and a new fuel label, 10024AA080.
Subaru has updated the fuel filler door (saucer) assembly, in which the striker portion’s shape has been improved ( see images below). This striker is the part that keeps the fuel door held closed. Subaru has also improved the physical type of plastic material used in the construction of the part.
Just for clarity, the painted portion of your fuel filler door gets removed from the saucer and transferred over to the new one. The saucer is the physical surround that gets inserted over the fuel filler neck.