How to Open Fuel Door on the Chevy Malibu

Whether you’re renting or have just purchased a new Chevy Malibu, you may wonder how to open the fuel door the first time you stop to refuel it. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how.

2008 – 2023 Models

There actually is no fuel door release button or switch inside the Chevy Malibu. Follow these steps instead:

  1. Unlock all doors and exit the vehicle.
  2. Locate the fuel door on the rear passenger side of the Malibu.
  3. Press the rear portion of the fuel door inward and release. The gas tank door will pop right open. Newer models feature a capless system where you do not need to remove a fuel cap. Simply insert the gas nozzle and start fueling.Malibu Fuel Door Open

2000 – 2007 Models

  1. Slide your finger into the depression next to the fuel door.
  2. Pull the door outward.


Is there a way to lock the fuel door?

If tampering or theft of gas is a concern, an option would be to purchase a locking fuel cap. Be sure to check that the item fits your year model.

4 thoughts on “How to Open Fuel Door on the Chevy Malibu”

  1. No there is not I have already had hateful people try to tamper with my car. If you want a beautiful cheverlet and have hateful people you work with stay away from this car. Every car should have a locked gas door. It’s a stupid idea not to.

  2. yes trying to find a gas cap that fits and lock or a lid that lock this is a problem cause the vehicle does not have a lock on the lid or a gas cap wow!

  3. Thank you for this post! We are renting the car and had no clue how to open the gas tank. Much appreciated.


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