Today I enjoyed some of the extra benefits that being a member of the BMWDCM brings. I will start by letting you all know that I am that 50+ year old that loves these cars, doesn't need a GPS (it's in my head), will have a go at fixing most things, and suffers from very high testosterone levels which leads to male pattern baldness, so no blonde moments here.
Anyway I was at my local service station this morning and taking my red rocket for a run to stretch her legs as the day was what can only be described as a beautiful spring day in winter. Removing the nozzle from the pump housing I attempted to open the fuel latch but it would not budge. I spent 15 embarrassing minutes trying to open the bloody thing. I ended up giving up my manhood and made a call to those that should know.
Firstly I went right to the top to ask some troubleshooting advice from our president. I think he must have my number in his phone and when I call it comes up with "pest". He chose not to answer. Not letting this deter me I made a call to the V.P who answered my mayday call. Jo made "the pres" talk to me after I explained my predicament. The conversations that transpired and instructions following I have been asked to tone down to a "G rating" for the wider reading group.
Anyway, the solution was to manually override the locking mechanism for the fuel flap. To do this, I was advised to open the boot, look for a small cut out on the drivers side boot liner at the rear of the wheel arch just behind the line of the fuel flap. Anyway, so I merely had to insert my finger into the hole and press the magic little button (the override button) which resulted in "the release of the flap".
Success and a beautiful day cruising around.
Thank you both very much.
Andrew Dickson | Member #248
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne