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My 2012 iOn has been the trusty family runabout for over 2 years. Last week the granny charger flap didn't release. Deftly collaring a volunteer to pull the release knob, while I gently inserted under the charge flap the wooden stick from the ice cream I'd just eaten solved the immediate problem and the car got her recharge. It seems that a black springy-thing (apologies for lack of technicals) has fallen off from somewhere in the charge port. Furthermore, the black springy-thing appears to have failed on one face. Please could anyone let me know if there's an easy fix for this? Has anyone else had this problem?
 

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The charge flap is locked by a wedge-shaped black plastic bolt on the left, which is withdrawn by pulling the release lever in the car. This mechanism must be working in your car.
The hinge for the charge flap is on the right, and it is quite stiff, so that even when the bolt has been released, the flap has to be pushed outwards to force it slightly open. This is done by two plastic pins, mounted on springy plastic arms above and below the wedge-shaped bolt.
I assume that one or both of these pushy-out-pins has snapped off?
Replacing the original part is probably not possible. Initially, try oiling the hinge on the right, so the flap opens as freely as possible. If this does not solve the problem, I would suggest that you glue something springy onto the top of the circular black plastic lid of the charge socket. This could be a simple block of spongy rubber, or an actual steel compression spring of the correct length and strength, e.g.:
When you close the charge flap, this sponge or spring will be under compression, ready to force the flap open.
 

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The charge flap is locked by a wedge-shaped black plastic bolt on the left, which is withdrawn by pulling the release lever in the car. This mechanism must be working in your car.
The hinge for the charge flap is on the right, and it is quite stiff, so that even when the bolt has been released, the flap has to be pushed outwards to force it slightly open. This is done by two plastic pins, mounted on springy plastic arms above and below the wedge-shaped bolt.
I assume that one or both of these pushy-out-pins has snapped off?
Replacing the original part is probably not possible. Initially, try oiling the hinge on the right, so the flap opens as freely as possible. If this does not solve the problem, I would suggest that you glue something springy onto the top of the circular black plastic lid of the charge socket. This could be a simple block of spongy rubber, or an actual steel compression spring of the correct length and strength, e.g.:
When you close the charge flap, this sponge or spring will be under compression, ready to force the flap open.
Many thanks for your suggestions. Much appreciated. Will have a go! Kind regards.
 

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Good luck, I hope you can solve the problem.
If the spongy rubber pad does not work and you need more pressure to force the flap open, I can send you a suitable light compression spring. It is 30mm in diameter, 70mm open length ( could be cut shorter ), and 9mm fully compressed. It could be fixed to the plastic charge port lid, or to the outer steel flap, using epoxy adhesive or a hot-melt glue gun.
 

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Good luck, I hope you can solve the problem.
If the spongy rubber pad does not work and you need more pressure to force the flap open, I can send you a suitable light compression spring. It is 30mm in diameter, 70mm open length ( could be cut shorter ), and 9mm fully compressed. It could be fixed to the plastic charge port lid, or to the outer steel flap, using epoxy adhesive or a hot-melt glue gun.
Hi again Eddie. Many thanks for your update. By coincidence, Hubby has constructed a sort of sponge cake with a spring in it! Premilinary tests indicate it's a good'un. He's going to do something with adhesive, but we're currently having rain / thunder storms, so he's indoors. Nothing to do with football / tennis / Tour de France ....... so he tells me.
 

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My 2012 iOn has been the trusty family runabout for over 2 years. Last week the granny charger flap didn't release.
If the door isn't popping open but the catch plunger works fine, then the problem is a very common Mitsubishi part called a fuel door "Spring Clip" p/n MR970563 or MB642442
There are a number of sources for this, it's really cheap from a Mitsubishi dealer if you can drop into one or very expensive with postage. Otherwise find it on fleabay for about £3 delivered

On the granny charger port, look under the large black plastic part of the hinge and inside the opening, you'll see a little cutout where this gizmo slips into if it's missing, or the device in question if it's there. They do lose their "spring" after a while but that manifests as the door barely opening vs the plastic clip part snapping (and it WILL snap if you try to remove it so don't unless you have a new one onhand - ask me how I know this....)

Exactly the same clip is used on the other side, so you can compare to see how it works.

Here's the one I ordered off Ebay, many others are available, some prices are ridiculous:

 

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Ooh very helpful! Thank you! Let me see how I get on when the piece arrives.
In the meantime, I am using the spring-glued-to-flap solution
How annoying that such a little piece can cause such a difficult situation...
 

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In the meantime, I am using the spring-glued-to-flap solution
I temporarily solved mine with a piece of double-sided foam tape sticking the clip to the same location as it inserts.

It didn't spring "much" but enough to get the door open (then again it didn't spring much before it broke either, barely popping open).
Having replaced the thing, the door flies open. It's clear the spring wears out over time and they're so cheap it's worth considering grabbing a spare for the glovebox
 

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Just to resurrect an old thread - I’ve successfully attached a spring to the port cover to make the door spring open properly. However I also seem to be missing this additional spring, which I think holds the door in the open position:

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here is mine for comparison:

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It doesn’t seem to appear in any Mitsubishi parts catalogue. Anyone had any luck finding one of these?
 

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And for completeness, having done a lot of digging - there are a few of the complete flap assembly out there, e.g. this one on eBay. Unfortunately it's in Lithuania and quite pricy:

 

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If the door isn't popping open but the catch plunger works fine, then the problem is a very common Mitsubishi part called a fuel door "Spring Clip" p/n MR970563 or MB642442
There are a number of sources for this, it's really cheap from a Mitsubishi dealer if you can drop into one or very expensive with postage. Otherwise find it on fleabay for about £3 delivered

On the granny charger port, look under the large black plastic part of the hinge and inside the opening, you'll see a little cutout where this gizmo slips into if it's missing, or the device in question if it's there. They do lose their "spring" after a while but that manifests as the door barely opening vs the plastic clip part snapping (and it WILL snap if you try to remove it so don't unless you have a new one onhand - ask me how I know this....)

Exactly the same clip is used on the other side, so you can compare to see how it works.

Here's the one I ordered off Ebay, many others are available, some prices are ridiculous:

Many thanks, this helped me a lot as i have charging door spring problems which i can now fix.

Steve.
 
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