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Old 03-21-2008, 12:07 AM   #11
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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.
Just to clerify, its www.batinc.net not com. For those people who clicked the link and found themselves on some computer website lol.
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:56 AM   #12
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Whoops. Sorry about that. When typing a website, going to .com always flows faster than .net for some reason. But yeah, they've got a nice looking locking cover.
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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!

many thanks

my car: Ford Focus ZX5 2005

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:11 PM   #14
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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.
After driving gravel roads this summer, I have the same concern about excessive dirt in the gas filler on the new ones, since they have no cap. My poor old 2003, the area behind the fuel filler door was caked in dirt.
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First of all. Define New Focus, are you talking about the 2012 and up (C346)?

If so, Ford does make genuine locking gas cap. I believe I paid around $30 dollars for mine.
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After driving gravel roads this summer, I have the same concern about excessive dirt in the gas filler on the new ones, since they have no cap. My poor old 2003, the area behind the fuel filler door was caked in dirt.
Clean it often and you won't get buildup. Dirt isn't going to get into the tank so keeping the outside clean is the best thing to do.
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First of all. Define New Focus, are you talking about the 2012 and up (C346)?

If so, Ford does make genuine locking gas cap. I believe I paid around $30 dollars for mine.
First post is from 2008. Definitely an old thread.
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Clean it often and you won't get buildup. Dirt isn't going to get into the tank so keeping the outside clean is the best thing to do.
It was a dry year in the midwest, so the dust was worse than normal.
This pic was taken a few hours after washing and drying the car in town, I drove on one mile of gravel roads to get this dust accumulation. After 200 miles, it was like an archeology site digging out the fuel cap from under the accumulated dust and dirt buildup.

I don;t have this issue at home, we don't have gravel roads in L.A.
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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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