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Why oh why- the gas cap #4756577
05/14/18 06:17 AM
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CourierDriver Offline OP
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Maybe this has happened to you.

You go to fill your ride, unscrew the gas cap--- it slips from your hand--it rolls dead center under the car,,,aint life great lmao , I guess there is a 50 percent chance it will do that...for me, it seems like it always rolls under the car somewhere...how about your experiences with stuff like that....


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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756584
05/14/18 06:23 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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When I drop them they roll to a storm drain right up to a hole.
Then when I go to fetch it a bird will fly down and nudge it into the abyss.
Maddening it is.

Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: Kira] #4756588
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CourierDriver Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Kira
When I drop them they roll to a storm drain right up to a hole.
Then when I go to fetch it a bird will fly down and nudge it into the abyss.
Maddening it is.
to funny


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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756596
05/14/18 06:32 AM
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Central NY
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I've had a car with a latching gas cap for 6 months. Not once have I remembered I have to pull the lever to open the gas door.

People think I'm nuts when I start yelling at it .


18 Forester 2.5I 6M
00 Jeep XJ
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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756597
05/14/18 06:33 AM
05/14/18 06:33 AM
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The Midwest
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The gas caps on the vehicles in my signature are tethered and designed to be placed not to dangle down on the paint when removed for fueling.
Many vehicles have been designed like that for years now.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756599
05/14/18 06:35 AM
05/14/18 06:35 AM
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Lima, Ohio, USA
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nope. mine has a factory leash. the worst that can happen is it flops down and rubs the paint...

now i had something similar happen with the oil fill cap on my neon once upon a time.
look under the car, not there...what the heck?? I was on vacation at the time, and frankly forgot i had "misplaced" the cap. (OH! LOOK! SOMETHING SHINY!)

a few days later, on the drive home, a couple hours into the trip I start to notice a hot plastic smell through the vents, but all the gauges looked good... meh...
at the fuel stop a little later, I noticed "it smells like oil at this gas station"...

a couple "I smell oil" stops later, I remembered dropping the cap, get out my flash light, start looking around under the hood. The Fill cap had landed squarely on a cross member just below the exhaust pipe.(and even a thousand miles later was still sitting there). that hot plastic smell was the cap melting around the exhaust.

I was changing the oil as soon as i got home anyway, so I just bought a cap when i turned in the used oil...


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09 Mercury Sable : 6qts AutoQuest(Meijer/Warren) 0w20, WIX 51516
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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: earlyre] #4756605
05/14/18 06:47 AM
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CourierDriver Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: earlyre
nope. mine has a factory leash. the worst that can happen is it flops down and rubs the paint...

now i had something similar happen with the oil fill cap on my neon once upon a time.
look under the car, not there...what the heck?? I was on vacation at the time, and frankly forgot i had "misplaced" the cap. (OH! LOOK! SOMETHING SHINY!)

a few days later, on the drive home, a couple hours into the trip I start to notice a hot plastic smell through the vents, but all the gauges looked good... meh...
at the fuel stop a little later, I noticed "it smells like oil at this gas station"...

a couple "I smell oil" stops later, I remembered dropping the cap, get out my flash light, start looking around under the hood. The Fill cap had landed squarely on a cross member just below the exhaust pipe.(and even a thousand miles later was still sitting there). that hot plastic smell was the cap melting around the exhaust.

I was changing the oil as soon as i got home anyway, so I just bought a cap when i turned in the used oil...
lol,,good one


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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756607
05/14/18 06:49 AM
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Michigan
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Michigan
Thankfully mine have straps.


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2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756609
05/14/18 06:51 AM
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New England
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Believe the gas caps on all the cars I have purchased have had a tether. Can't even remember what the gas cap on my Nova was like.

I did have a great Murphy's Law experience with my wedding ring just a few months after I got married, was trying to replace a headlight on my Honda and realized the ring was getting in way. Tried to slip it off and put it on the ground with one hand while I was holding something in place with the other.
Of course, it slipped out of my hand at just the wrong time and landed on edge...I watched it roll down the entire driveway and slip down a gap in the concrete at the sidewalk that I knew had no tar in it.
I had eyeballed that gap earlier and it appeared to be bottomless, but I could see the ring a ways down there...too far down for my fingers, I think I bent up a wire coathanger to be long enough to hook it. I was worried that the ring would just keep slipping down further every time I touched it, but I saved it on the first stab.
Wouldn't have been too big a deal to replace it, it was a ~$250 plain gold band from Service Merchandise...of course, the wife got a custom carved and cast engagement ring with a diamond we selected at a gem wholesaler, I had connections with a business on Jeweler's Row in Chicago and we got a nice deal.


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Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756612
05/14/18 06:51 AM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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The teathered one on my jeep got replaced with a standard cap. Now I just put it on the tire when getting gas,then promptly run over it when I leave.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756616
05/14/18 06:56 AM
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Florida
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Florida
Ford no gas cap owner checking in.


2013 F150 5.0, PUP 10W-30, Wix 57502
2010 Camry 2.5, GTX 5W-20, Fram Ultra XG9972
Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756634
05/14/18 07:11 AM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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Originally Posted By: CourierDriver
Maybe this has happened to you.

You go to fill your ride, unscrew the gas cap--- it slips from your hand--it rolls dead center under the car,,,aint life great lmao , I guess there is a 50 percent chance it will do that...for me, it seems like it always rolls under the car somewhere...how about your experiences with stuff like that....

You think that's tough?

I bought my '97 Chrysler Concorde, and go for the first fill-up.
oops, no button/pull or anything to open the gas cap.
At some point a guy filling up figure out what i was looking for and show me:
The small panel door on top was just the non-locking pulling type....


16 Golf SportWagen
13 Mazda5
08 Yaris
04 Elantra
95 accent
95 mystique
97 concorde
Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756638
05/14/18 07:13 AM
05/14/18 07:13 AM
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Marshfield , MA
andyd Offline
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Marshfield , MA
Ford no gas cap owner checking in. One of the Transit Connect's better featuresIMO Camry's are tethered


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: CourierDriver] #4756679
05/14/18 07:53 AM
05/14/18 07:53 AM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
Ive never understood the capless thing. Had a rental suburban recently that had it.

Given the dirt and grime that ends up in the fuel filler area, no thanks.

There are few things simpler to man than a threaded plug with an o ring seal, to seal a vessel from liquid and gas.

Only my oldest vehicles do not have tethers. And those vehicles (MB) have a little wire basket on the fuel door to hold the cap.

Can't get any easier.

Re: Why oh why- the gas cap [Re: skyactiv] #4756689
05/14/18 07:58 AM
05/14/18 07:58 AM
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Chicago Area
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Chicago Area
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
The gas caps on the vehicles in my signature are tethered and designed to be placed not to dangle down on the paint when removed for fueling.
Many vehicles have been designed like that for years now.


Until one's Dakota throws a P0440 code and the replacement cap from NAPA is not tethered...


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2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan (yes,the turbo)
2002 Dodge Dakota SXT Club Cab
1994 Ford Ranger XLT (RIP, Dad)
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