Losing your supply of gas is the least of your worries if your vehicle doesn't have a gas cap installed. You'll have to worry about the vapors coming out of the fuel tank which can ignite at any time should a fire start up near it. Not only that, an open fuel tank can produce vapors that contain hydrocarbons which can ruin the air you breathe and damage the ozone layer. Because the gas cap is capable of preventing all these from happening, it's important to have one installed that's durable. That's the reason why each one is made from high-quality materials to prevent quick deterioration. The cap also comes in two types giving you more options to choose from. There's one that can be locked using a key and another one that can be twisted in place. Aside from these features, the cap is constructed to come in a direct-fit design. This ensures that it will fit perfectly once used to cover your fuel tank. The design also keeps you from wasting time in making unnecessary modifications to its structure. So if you want to avoid experiencing the problems mention above, don't hesitate to invest in a quality gas cap. By having one in place, your fuel supply stays intact and you won't have to worry about starting a fire or ruining the environment whenever you're driving.
What You Need to Know about Gas Caps
Gas caps are common victims of neglect as they're either left at the gas station or not properly maintained. This is a big no-no, though, because driving around without a gas cap-or with a faulty one-can be very problematic. First off all, in case of an accident, you'll be less equipped to prevent fuel spills and decrease the chances of fire without a handy gas cap. Secondly, if you're missing your gas cap or you have one that's seeping out fumes, then both you and the environment can be put at risk. In addition to that, your fuel may evaporate faster if you don't have a functional gas cap. So as you can imagine, this component is very important, and that's why you should have one at all times. Now, before buying a replacement gas cap for your auto, here are some things you need to know.
Types of gas caps
Non-locking Gas Caps
These babies meet OEM specs and can serve as direct replacements for your missing or busted stock gas cap. Such gas caps are simple, but they get the job done. In fact, non-locking gas caps are guaranteed to provide utmost safety and are the preferred caps of many drivers.
Lock Gas Caps
Some people are getting desperate nowadays due to the rising gas prices and are resorting to stealing fuel from other vehicles. With that in mind, many motorists are now opting for locking gas caps that prevent fuel theft. These caps come in various finishes and styles, and feature outstanding fuel protection.
Some gas cap options
Stant 10504 Locking Fuel Cap
A reliable locking fuel cap that prevents fuel theft.
Stant 10819 Fuel Cap
A simple yet functional cap that makes for an ideal replacement unit.
Bust a Cap on Gas Cap Problems
Did you know that you're likely to lose about 30 gallons of gas in a single year if you drive around without a functional gas cap? That's a lot of valuable fuel and hard-earned dough down the drain. To prevent any wasted fuel-and to help you save cash and the environment-you should buy a new gas cap right away. These babies are relatively inexpensive and are sure to be a worthwhile investment. After all, they don't just save you cash but they protect your health as well. Fortunately enough, installing a new gas cap is a pretty straightforward deal. Here are a few simple steps that will help you replace your missing or busted gas cap.
Difficulty Level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Hanky or Face Mask
- Clean Cloth
- Needle Nose Pliers
Step 1: Make sure that your new gas cap matches your vehicle's year, make, and model. Keep in mind that what you're looking for is a perfect cap fit that will prevent the seeping out of gas fumes. This means that you shouldn't settle for just any gas cap.
Step 2: Before you get started on your installation job, make sure that you're taking all the safety precautions. Wear gloves to ensure that you don't get fuel residue onto your hands, and wear a face mask/ hanky over your nose to protect you from the fumes that may seep out of your fuel tank
Step 3: Clean off your fuel tank opening using a clean piece of cloth to ensure that it's free from debris that can enter it.
Step 4: Identify whether or not your stock cap has a cap retention ring, which prevents it from falling out.
Step 5: If it does, then slip the tip of your needle nose pliers underneath the edge of the retention ring's base. Remove the retention ring and place it into your new gas cap. Twist the ring into the cap and see to it that the part of the cap that connects to the vehicle is located on the left side.
Step 6: Twist your new cap clockwise into place until you hear it click three times.
Step 7: Double check if it will fall off easily and then you're all set.