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Old 03-15-2008, 05:42 AM   #1
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Question 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.


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Old 03-15-2008, 07:34 AM   #2
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You could always put a lock hasp on the fuel door, would look dumb as hell, but would solve your problem.
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:39 AM   #3
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
hi Grumpy

although this may sound too late, but have you had a similar experience to mine after switching from Ford Focus original fuel cap with no lock into one with a lock: the Check Engine / Check Fuel Cap lights remain on all the time now that i have a lockable fuel cap!

there IS a solution to that but it won't work forever: i can reset the car's computer by unplugging the wires from the battery, and the two mentioned lights will go off, but the problem is that they'll go back on again after a couple of days!

is there any solution out there so that i could still keep the lockable cap in place instead of the original? (i still have the original fuel cap btw. could i take something out from that one and put inside the lockable cap for example? how does the car's computer recognize the original cap is missing: is there some special 'sensor' or anything inside the original fuel cap?)

any feedback by anyone would be highly appreciated!

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hi Grumpy

although this may sound too late, but have you had a similar experience to mine after switching from Ford Focus original fuel cap with no lock into one with a lock: the Check Engine / Check Fuel Cap lights remain on all the time now that i have a lockable fuel cap!

there IS a solution to that but it won't work forever: i can reset the car's computer by unplugging the wires from the battery, and the two mentioned lights will go off, but the problem is that they'll go back on again after a couple of days!

is there any solution out there so that i could still keep the lockable cap in place instead of the original? (i still have the original fuel cap btw. could i take something out from that one and put inside the lockable cap for example? how does the car's computer recognize the original cap is missing: is there some special 'sensor' or anything inside the original fuel cap?)

any feedback by anyone would be highly appreciated!

many thanks

my car: Ford Focus ZX5 2005
I bought my son a locking gas cap for his '07 Focus. He had the same problem. I put a film of motor oil on the gasket (same thing you would do on an oil filter gasket). The problem went away. I'm guessing the gasket on the cap was just dried out and wouldn't seal. Armorall or similar may work as well.

Good Luck.

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Old 03-16-2008, 02:18 PM   #9
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^ didnt you get a cel?? i thought it comes on if the gas cap wasnt clicked 3 times
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Thanks for your replies,we will see it as Ford cost cutting I think.
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