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    Gas tank door

    Anyone else ever have problems with their gas door being frozen shut? So far... this winter (1st winter i've had it) it takes me like 5 minutes to finally get the door open. I baby my car and don't wanna just stick my key in it to pry it open. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem.
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    Yep just ran into that problem yesterday. I just rubbed my fingers along it trying to get the pieces of ice out. eventually I got it open enough that I could pull it out with my fingers.


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    I had this happen just once (I have a garage - but parked outside a girls house one night) and I just gave it a lite smack with the palm of my hand and it came open....

    But id hardly call topping out your speedo with less than 3000 miles babying ;-)

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    But id hardly call topping out your speedo with less than 3000 miles babying ;-)
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    How about spraying de-icer on it. Be sure to wipe off excess with a cloth.

    HAsn't happened to me yet, but I'm sure it will.
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    de-icer or toss a bit of warm water on there

    this kind of thing happens when it gets cold guys

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    Originally posted by QuickSilver
    How about spraying de-icer on it. Be sure to wipe off excess with a cloth.

    HAsn't happened to me yet, but I'm sure it will.



    that stuff is no good for your paint job

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    If de-icer is bad, then how about some salt water in a spray bottle? Can't be any worse than the crap that's on the road. Just be sure to wipe afterwards.
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    Heck yeah it does! and i'm the brain surgeon who washes his scooby just HOURS before needing to refuel. I have my BA, but I swear one of these semesters, i'm going to Harvard to get my Master's.
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    Originally posted by returnofthejedi
    It happened to me one night this winter. I'm pumping gas and these rednecks are kind of laughing at my wagon, so I rev the engine and they give me the "What kind of motor is in that thar thingy" look. Then I'm a little cooler, but I can't get the gas door to open, so I just sprayed a little deicer in there and it opened up. Kind of embarassing though- you'd think that the company that advertises the Beauty of All Wheel Drive would think AWD=icy weather, so let's build a better gas door. Then again, maybe If You Get It, You Get It-but I don't

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    Originally posted by WilliamG
    You revved your engine while you were pumping gas?
    no that was before he had trouble getting his gas tank door open

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    Not yet...luckily. I've had some DAMN cold and snowy/icy days here in Omaha, but haven't had a problem yet.
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    I think the iced up gas door phenomenon only happens if some water (thru washing or rain) gets in the compartment and overnight freeze, coupled by pumping gas hte next morning.

    ONly happened once, when I pumped gas the morning after rinsing the WRX down the previous evening.

    It can get pretty cold, but as long as it's dry, it probably won't happen.

    Because I read about it in the the forum before it happened, it did not worry me (this should be the CLubWRX rally cry). I didn't have any de-icer or salt water, so I lightly banged on it till it opened. It's PITA when it's cold and you're in a hurry, but not a real problem.
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