RE: [DML] Re: Stolen in Seattle
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RE: [DML] Re: Stolen in Seattle

I think Jason Perkins may have a good point about the
use of a locking gas cap. It wont prevent thiefs from
taking your car, but if it is just someone taking it
for a joy ride, then when they go to fill up the tank
so they can continue their joyride, they cant add gas.
They will end up stranded somewhere because they cant
add fuel, then the car is bound to be found and
returned to the owner.
While the general idea of putting locking gascaps on
cars is making a comeback; on newer cars, the best you
can do is have a lock on the gas filler door because
because some newer fuel injection systems rely on
vacume pressurre in the fuel tank and locking caps
have trouble keeping the tank pressurized for some
reason(or that is what I have come to understand).
That is why so many cars nowadays require you to push
a button inside the car to open the fuel fill door
rather that allowing you to open it from the outside.
I am not completely shure if this is accurate, but
that is how a service-writer at a Nissan dealership
explained it to me.
So a locking gas cap could, theoretically be used as a
last line of defence against joy riders because they
will get stuck with a delorean whose gas tank cant be
Sorry to hear about the thieft, but its bound to turn
Jonathan Minor(no vin)
--- Videobob Moseley <videobob@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Unless you have a flap hood, you don't really need a
> locking cap.
> If they get the hood open, they are already
> inside....and you have bigger 
> problems than
> loosing up to 10 gallons of gas.
> They will burn the gas when they drive your car off!
> - VB
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