BTW, like every other "locking" fuel door, it's pretty simple to circumvent. And I certainly wouldn't hesitate getting it open in a emergency situation, rather than being stranded waiting for roadside.
Yes ...... A lanyard could be easily retrofitted from the plastic catch down into that chamber where the physical lock is located.My car has 1200 miles on it. Jerry has some good info in the thread above and it sounds like it affected the early build cars. Still think it makes sense to retrofit a emergency release. It would be a straight shot to the fuel filler door from the panel they already have designated for the manual door release.
What year and when was it builtI'm going to order my next McLaren from MSO with a manual fuel filler door pull.
My buddy just had this happen to him yesterday so I started reading this thread so I would be prepared when this happens to me. First, I agree, there should be a retrofit for a manual pull like the frunk has one in the door and one in the frunk and the manual door pulls etc.
I made a video of the solenoid in action. http://youtu.be/JFunVV9CmlQ Notice how it goes up (locked position) when I press the lock button on the key fob and it goes down (unlocked position) when I press the unlock button on the key fob. This pin goes into the brass hole on the filler hinge preventing it from being opened.
You could disable the solenoid buy adding an inline switch for when your on long trips so it won't lock (go up) as a backup plan. I image this might cause all sorts of warnings and alarms and probably cause the cap to open up on the road at speed since the pin is no longer locking it in place.
Also, if you know you will be on a long trip and don't want to be stranded far away from home then it would be nice to have a backup plan. I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS option since you will probably damage your solenoid and solenoid pin but I am curious if you could block the pin from going into the brass slot in the fuel filler hinge so it would therefore not lock. All you need to do is insert a small screw in the brass hole so the pin goes up but never in the brass hole (that's what she said!!). I don't even want to try this because its insane to have to do something this STUPID to a Supercar just to protect yourself from a possible lockout scenario.
Come on McLaren Engineering!?!?!?!?!? I'm going to order my next McLaren from MSO with a manual fuel filler door pull.
Nice video, and looks to me like the pin is actually in a really difficult place to access with a "paperclip or fishing wire" - right under the hinge. The earlier photos must have just been of the latch not the locking mechanism. I think I'm going to put some WD40 on my pin tomorrow - sounds like the one in the video could do with some too!
With it bing a steel pin and sliding into what looks like a brass sleeve, I don't think lubricant would really aid to it working smoother. It may actually attract more dirt and be worse than leaving it alone. I don't think my issue was any type of sticking issue, more just a failure with the solenoid itself.Thanks for sharing the plastic card trick. I would have probably done the same thing if I was away from home like that.
Just curious if a drop of lubricate is recommend or would this cause premature failure of the solenoid for other reasons maybe?? I just had my 3 year service and I wonder of the dealer lucubrates that solenoid or not? I noticed they did replace my key fob battery. LOL.