Whenever you fill up on fuel, you always have to open your fuel door first. This small door covers the hole where the gas tank inlet is located, and the good thing about it is that it has the same finish and color as the rest of the car, making it almost unnoticeable. Your fuel door may be round or square with rounded edges, but whatever shape you have, it definitely has a weak spot--the hinge. The hinge of your fuel door is sometimes exposed to rain, dust, and other elements, so it is not surprising if it begins to rust. The moment you hear a creaking sound or you have a hard time opening this door, it means that the hinge is not as good as before. The bad news is that you have to buy a new fuel door because you cannot replace only the hinge. All Sales is one brand that you can find out there, but before opting for its fuel door, let us first see if the unit is up to scratch.
- Made of aluminum
- With black finish
- Sold individually
- Carries a 90-day All Sales limited warranty
We tested this component on a 2010 Lincoln MKS and a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder, and here is what we have to say:
- The units looked definitely good. The finish was perfectly shiny, the touch was really smooth, and the cut was nothing but round. The units were a little heavier than the ones removed from the MKS and the Pathfinder.
- Although this was a non-locking fuel door, it created an effect as if it was locking because of the push-to-open mechanism. That would definitely trick those who would like to steal fuel because the door was unlike other types that needed to be pulled outwards to get opened.
- The fuel door opened and closed without making any noise, and its latch did not get in the way of the fuel nozzle when refueling.
- The unit did not fit the mounting location on the MKS. The model had an adapter where the hinge of the fuel door must be screwed on to. It turned out that the adapter was a bit longer, so we had to file it in order for the screw to connect. We filed it to our best capability, making sure that it was even and all that. But we obviously could not machine the adapter to the perfect cut, so when we finally installed the fuel door, it had a less-than-perfect fit.
This product is a bit pricey for a fuel door. Surely, you would be able to find something with equal looks and fit that is not that expensive. The product is not that bad. In fact, it has a competitive warranty. It is just that the price does not justify the great need for a high-grade fuel door for any car model.