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Woe, woe and thrice woe!:mad: So I went to fill up with diesel and when I pushed the fuel flap to release it, it fell out and was left dangling by the diesel cap retainer. Incredibly there was no damage to the painted flap cover or the rear quarter. Not to throw accusations but, due to the lockdown, the last time the fuel flap had been opened was when the Dealer topped up the AdBlue during Red Ken's annual service some 2 months previous. Anyway a strip of Meccano was deployed to temporarily reattached the fuel flap for aesthetic reasons

I would guess getting the Dealer to rectify the problem would see me charged an hour's labour (probably their minimum charge) plus the cost of a replacement hinge assembly which meant the final bill would very quickly head north of £200. At times like these I try to draw inspiration from Jeremy Clarkson's catchphrase "How hard can it be?" Well, I know Mercedes Benz of Newcastle run an eBay store so I fired off a quick request from my own eBay account which told me they could make the hinge assembly available in their store via a custom link for £57.38. Sold!

For a diesel (it will have the extra hole for the AdBlue cap) the part number is A253 630 58 02 from this supplier: Mercedes-Benz of Newcastle eBay Store

The internet is awash with various suggestions as to how the hinge assembly is removed. I can tell you it is NOT by removing the rear wheel arch liner or pulling back the carpeting in the load area. It will not just pop out using plastic pry bars either. No, you have to drill out the indents at each corner. You can then use a probe through those holes to release the retaining clips. Unclip the 2 furthest away from the hinge first so you can release the solenoid-operated latching assembly. Unclip the painted flap cover and reattach to your new part, feeding it back in hinge end first. I manage to peel off the "Diesel" and QR Code stickers from the inside of the old flap but the larger tyre pressures stick is made of brittle anti-tamper plastic and can only come off in small pieces. Here's a couple of photos:

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Hi Toobad I read your post a few days ago and then today after having some new tyres fitted I was checking pressures and bumped into the fuel flap which promptly fell off , I couldn't believe it what a rubbish hinge . I was wondering if it would be covered under warranty as I've still got a couple of months to go. I like your meccano repair , I wouldnt throw that away as you may need it again !
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Hi Andrew, it has to be worth a shot. Tell them you went to fuel up and the flap just fell out when you released it. If they won't play ball then I'd get the part online and ask your local bodyshop to pop it in for you if you are not confident of doing it yourself.
 
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Hi Toobad I will give it a try it seems like a very fragile part on a £50,000 car . I see the part number has changed a couple of times so hopefully upgraded but I can't find anything close to the price you paid ,though I will try Newcastle if I can't get any joy at home .
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Andrew, good luck in your search, I'm sure Newcastle can sort you out. Just contact their eBay shop via your own account quoting your model and, better still, your VIN and they will provide a link for a custom purchase if you are happy with their price. Maybe it will be cheaper than the diesel version as there will be no hole for the AdBlu filler neck (y)
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