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I thought this was funny yesterday morning during my frantic commute to work.

I needed to get gas for the Insight real bad, only one bar left on the gas guage. :? Luckly the gas station was right down the street from the house. I hadn't driven the Insight all Christmas vacation and it was parked outside. Well, needless to say, condensation and freezing temps made for an extra icy morning, and a nice layer of ice on the Insight. After defrosting the car, as best as I could, I headed out for the gas station.

Ah, no one at any of the pumps. Of course they were smart enough to get gas when it wasn't freezing out. I pull up to the pump, flip the gas flap release, and insert the ol', worn out from Christmas shopping, credit card and proceed to fill up the tank. Wait a minute... the flap is still closed... I must not have pulled the lever far enough. I replace the gas nozel, walk back to the drivers door and flip the lever again. Hmm... the flap didn't open. :shock: Ah, I bet I should wiggle it. Nope that didn't work. Oooo, I'll just pop it open with the keys... *jam* *jab* *poke*. Wait, that's not a good idea, I'll scratch the paint. Just then my mind flashed a picture of a popcicle stick sitting on my passenger seat. :idea: (ok, you're asking "A popsicle in winter?" I was hungry, what else can I say, hee hee... :) ) I jam the popcicle stick under the flap and try to pop the flap, but I hear the sound of breaking ice. Buggers, the entire flap is frozen shut. I'll just go around the entire rim and break the ice away. *crack* *pop* *crack* Yeah! the cap wiggles freely now. Flip the gas release lever again and VICTORY! the gas flap is open ONE INCH. At least it's open. I gas up and head off to work. One small victory on the morning commute. :mrgreen:

BTW, I'm gonna keep that popsicle stick handy in the glove box. :wink:
 

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Popcicle stick... good thinking...

We have a New Beetle in our fleet (kept in the garage always), have not driven it in freezing weather yet, but the VW message boards are thick with complaints of the (virtually horizontal) gas flap being almost impossible to open in cold weather (allegedly due to moisture freezing in the release cable area). I think if I drive the NB in winter, I'll keep a popcicle stick in the car... not only to get the damn gas lid open in an emergency, but also as a tribute to your ingenuity... :wink:
 

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Mine was frozen too. I didn't have a popsicle stick so I had to warm it up by blowing on it for a couple of minutes. Perhaps someone seeing me thought. Hmmmm, must be one of those gasoline/hot air hybrids. :wink:
 
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