2014-2017 Nissan Altima — Open Fuel Door Trying to figure out how to open the fuel door on a 2014 through 2017 model Nissan Altima? Don’t worry, we’ll show you how. Locate the fuel door release lever next to the hood release lever. You can find it on lower-left side of the steering wheel. Pull the lever toward you to pop the door open. Exit the vehicle, then open the fuel door. You can then twist the cap off.