Ford Explorer: Open Fuel Door

Wondering how to open the fuel door to gain access to the gas cap on the Ford Explorer SUV? You’re not the only one. First, know that there is no button or latch located inside the vehicle to release the fuel door. Just perform these steps.

There are two ways you can open the fuel door on the Ford Explorer, depending on the model.

2011 – 2023 Models

  1. Exit the car and move to the rear of the Explorer to locate the fuel door.
  2. Press the right side of the fuel door, release and the fuel door will pop open.

1995 – 2010 Models

  1. Exit the car and move to the rear of the Explorer to locate the fuel door.
  2. Insert your finger into the raised lip and pull the door outward.



How can I lock the fuel door?

This is a concern of many Ford Explorer owners. What you can do is you can purchase a locking gas cap as a solution.

Do I need to remove a gas cap?

There is no gas cap covering the fueling location. Insert the fuel nozzle and fill your tank.

What should I do if the fuel door doesn’t open?

If the fuel door does not open, ensure your car is turned off and unlocked. Some model years will not allow you to open the fuel door if you do not do these two steps first.

4 thoughts on “Ford Explorer: Open Fuel Door”

  1. Rental car. .how confusing trying to find gas cap release. A little bit of tutorial on the part of agency would have helped. Thank goodness for Google.

  2. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There’s also a third model that has a trunk release button on the left side of the steering wheel on the console.


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