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    Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    I solved one of life's big mysteries: where to put the fuel cap when fueling the car. I'm embarrassed to say I just found this after three years of ownership.

    I always thought it was an oversight of Mercedes engineers to not have a tether on the cap. I thought the silver wire thing was some kind of spring that holds the fuel door open.

    I know, I'm an idiot.


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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Max, you're not alone... I don't remember how long it was before I figured that out after buying my first (used) 124 in 1995, but it was probably a few years for me as well!

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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Probably doesn't make much difference one way or the other, but I've always oriented the gas cap in the spring clip 180 degrees flipped from your picture, squeeze handle facing the rear.
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    Mine always pops out. Maybe I am putting it in wrong.
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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Quote Originally Posted by outrbnks View Post
    Probably doesn't make much difference one way or the other, but I've always oriented the gas cap in the spring clip 180 degrees flipped from your picture, squeeze handle facing the rear.
    Yes how always used them - handle facing outwards from the back of the filler flap panel
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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Quote Originally Posted by outrbnks View Post
    Probably doesn't make much difference one way or the other, but I've always oriented the gas cap in the spring clip 180 degrees flipped from your picture, squeeze handle facing the rear.
    You are correct -- handle goes toward the outside (fuel nozzle hole). The W126 also has this same type of springy cap holder.

    Still doesn't beat the gray switches in terms of appeal to the ladies.

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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Top part/handle faces the fuel filler neck... I got that shown by my father as a kid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alabbasi View Post
    What the...! How'd he do that? Where'd it go?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    You are correct -- handle goes toward the outside (fuel nozzle hole). The W126 also has this same type of springy cap holder.

    Still doesn't beat the gray switches in terms of appeal to the ladies.
    I'll create a How-To segment with plenty of photos and will include @alabbasi's video.

    BTW, I installed the grey switches last month, and my wife is getting jealous of all the attention I'm getting now. Thanks for the tip Honch.


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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Quote Originally Posted by makemann View Post
    I solved one of life's big mysteries: where to put the fuel cap when fueling the car. I'm embarrassed to say I just found this after three years of ownership.

    I always thought it was an oversight of Mercedes engineers to not have a tether on the cap. I thought the silver wire thing was some kind of spring that holds the fuel door open.

    I know, I'm an idiot.


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    The other way around please
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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    Quote Originally Posted by makemann View Post
    BTW, I installed the grey switches last month, and my wife is getting jealous of all the attention I'm getting now.
    Anyone seen DerFuror lately? Me neither.

    A quick inquiry about what his situation is, showed that he's been so mobbed by the ladies in his native NY State, that he has precious little time to even peruse the forum.

    Such is the power of the gray switches.

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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

    I have found the ladies really go for the Porsche valve stem caps.

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    Re: Fuel cap (never too old to learn)

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