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meigleman 03-15-2008 04:42 AM

No locking fuel cap on new focus
 
Hi, it concerns me that my new focus does not have a locking fuel cap but has a racing car type filler which has a deep recess where dirt of any kind could settle or be put by vandals, also the flap that does not lock now could also be broken off when parked in unmanned parking areas or by vandals out for a bit of mischief.[mad]

Archion 03-15-2008 06:34 AM

You could always put a lock hasp on the fuel door, would look dumb as hell, but would solve your problem.

chilibonze 03-16-2008 02:39 AM

yeah, especially with todays gas prices...im afraid the syphoning of gas with make a comeback. I went to an auto parts store and bought a new fuel cap with key. I havent changed it yet, but i will soon. I will have to cut the plastic strap which is attached to the current cap.
BTW the lockable fuel cap wasnt cheap!

Archion 03-16-2008 08:29 AM

most cars today have a checkball in the base if the fillerneck, in case of rollover. This makes it impossible to siphon w/o taking something apart.

Grumpy 03-16-2008 12:57 PM

Chilibonze.......BEFORE cutting the plastic strap/tether, check the new cap.......it should have the groove in the cap and you just transfer the new cap onto the strap. You have to work at it a bit, but the tether can be "rolled out of" the groove of the original cap and then can be "rolled into" the groove of the new cap. I've bought Stant locking caps for both a '96 Taurus and my '05 Focus, and was able to just transfer the strap over.

faster_than_u 03-16-2008 01:18 PM

^ didnt you get a cel?? i thought it comes on if the gas cap wasnt clicked 3 times

StealthGray 03-16-2008 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grumpy (Post 2027920)
Chilibonze.......BEFORE cutting the plastic strap/tether, check the new cap.......it should have the groove in the cap and you just transfer the new cap onto the strap. You have to work at it a bit, but the tether can be "rolled out of" the groove of the original cap and then can be "rolled into" the groove of the new cap. I've bought Stant locking caps for both a '96 Taurus and my '05 Focus, and was able to just transfer the strap over.


NOW you post that, I cut mine quite a while ago!

meigleman 03-20-2008 03:12 PM

Thanks for your replies,we will see it as Ford cost cutting I think.

HawkeyeFLA 03-20-2008 03:50 PM

Uhh. My 2002 Focus doesn't have any kind of locking cap or door either. I haven't really had any kind of locking cap or door in forever that I can recall. But if you are that concerned, I know that BatInc (www.batinc.com) sells a really slick looking fuel door that locks. The look is very much like a fuel door on an airplane. Its in their Focus section in the Exterior part of their catalog.

StealthGray 03-20-2008 05:41 PM

^^^ Now that you mention it, there was a thread on here about the Aussie locking fuel fill doors. That applied up to the '07 models, I'm not even sure they have our '08 there (wouldn't bet on it), but it's worth looking into...


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