Good question. I hope someone can answer this. It sounds like a jury-rigged duplication of the cable-operated locking gas flap I have had on my last three cars. And for those who say they have never heard of a problem with fuel vandals, I have had a problem. I came outside to find the flap of my C3's gas tank wide open with the fuel cap removed. That scared me so much I went right out and bought a locking fuel cap.Is it possible to tie a heavy string to the actuator & run the other end into the storage, trunk, area with the drivers door opener behind the drivers seat? Are the angles such that it would be possible to pull the actuator. Would it stay in the open position?