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Replace fuel filler pocket

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I replaced the battery in the trunk of my 2017 MKZ hybrid. When doing so I apparently pulled the emergency release to the fuel cover and broke it. I purchased a new fuel pocket but I can't get the new pocket installed. The fuel neck is in the way. Is there an easy way to reinstall the pocket? Am I going to have to lower the gas tank or something to install the new pocket?

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The way I did mine was pulling the liner down and sticking my hand through it to put it in place from the back side.

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Got it fixed.

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Sorry I'm late to the discussion. I replaced mine because the fuel door was sagging. A plastic pin/stop on the hinge wears out or breaks. You can repair the original assembly with a metal cotter pin (stronger solution). See photo.

 

I removed the wheel and inner fender liner. Boy do those recycled fiber liners hold a lot of water and dust.  Using the smallest plastic trim removal tool, I was able to pry the pocket loose - but perhaps it would have been easier had I also pushed it out from the inside. I recall having to do something with the fuel filler hose - like moving spring clamp or drain line. Sorry the photo is not the best angle.

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