At 02:33 PM 11/9/98 -0800, you wrote:
>Just wanted to see if this has happened to anyone else on the list. I
>took a quick look at the archives but did not see anything.
>My gas cap was stolen over the weekend. I noticed it last night when I
>went to fill up the tank. SO this morning on the way to work, the check
>engine light comes on. I drop it off at Sunnyvale VW before heading to
>work and the service rep diagnoses the problem right away as the gas cap
>missing causing the check engine light to come on. Not covered by
>warranty either - $93 with new cap included to reset the sensor.
>So I will be investing in a locking gas cap since the 'stealth' cover
>for the gas cap can be opened easily if a would be thief knows anything
>about VW's. (Yes, it sounds ridiculous that someone would steal a gas
>cap but it happened once so it can probably happen again.)
>Thankfully they did not pour anything into the gas tank.
> Jonathan, If your car is newer it should a LDP. Leak detection pump.
When the car is started cold and during the first few minutes of driving
the LDP comes on to pressurize the fuel system. Of course with a missing
fuel cap the MIL will come on. After replacing the cap the Dealer must set
the readiness code. This can be a time consuming process and some dealers
could charge up to .50 TU. In my dealership whenever I have a car with a
loose fuel cap I just write up a phony repair report of a loose breather
hose clear the code and ship it. Am I wrong in doing this Yes. So is VW for
making this stupid OBDII system. I will give the customer the benefit of
the doubt with an explanation and remind him/her to listen for the click
when Habib tightens the cap.
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