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    Fault found - Control Circuit for Fuel Tank Flap

    VCDS found the following fault, which hasn't been there before. Searching on the net it seems to be an issue with the fuel tank flap locking mechanism, however the actual flap locks and unlocks properly, I tested it several times. So not sure why it is reporting a fault. There has been a lot of rain recently with deep puddles, could ingress of water cause a temporary fault?

    1 Fault Found:


    197644 - Control Circuit for Fuel Tank Flap
    B1263 01 [008] - Electrical Failure
    Intermittent - Confirmed - Tested Since Memory Clear
    Freeze Frame:
    Fault Status: 00000001
    Fault Priority: 4
    Fault Frequency: 1
    Reset counter: 10
    Date: 2000.00.00
    Time: 00:00:00
    2015 Golf 2.0 TDI-CR CRBC

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    Very very common right across the VAG range, especially Audi. It is an early warning of impending trouble, i.e. not being able to open the flap without using the emergency pull in the boot so get the flap and motor changed ASAP.
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    OK thanks for the warning, I'll clear the error and keep an eye on it for the next few weeks, if it keeps showing up then I'll get the replacement part. Good thing I recently got VCDS to diagnose these issues.
    2015 Golf 2.0 TDI-CR CRBC

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    Just replaced the fuel flap actuator, what a pain in the *** it was. Took about 5 minutes to replace the actuator and about 1 hour to remove the plastic trim in the boot area and put it back together, no other way to get to the connector. Everything was attached with flimsy clips that get bent and then fall out.

    I just can't understand why VW design electric fuel flap locks, that are likely to fail over time. A manual lock would be cheaper and more reliable. This is typical German over engineering.
    2015 Golf 2.0 TDI-CR CRBC

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    It is because people want flash features and they are made to be easy to install on the production line but a PITA to replace.
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    Yes I agree. Now I understand why garages sometimes charge you a full hour labour for some insignificant job, which would appear to take only 5 minutes.
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    And quite often it was more than an hour but you just can’t feel right billing for it. I had to do the left front door regulator on a Fabia 1 this week. Like usual with VAG products the regulator is part of the door inner panel which is bolted to the door shell with M6 bolts. To save a few pence, after mid 2004 Skoda stopped using rivet nuts in the shell to accept said M6 bolt, they just used a 10mm pop rivet, 8 of them. These have to be drilled out carefully so as not to damage the shells rivet location and the rivet gun you need to set the new ones is huge and very expensive. Thankfully we bought one years ago to do 8L Audi A3 regulator wheels into their space frame but each one needs a lot of effort and after doing two I stopped to take a breather but realised I had not plugged the door lock motor in, so I had to drill them out again... so that was five hours labour for what is classed as a 90 minute job and was billed at 2 hours.
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