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Gas Cap Stuck On! Please HELP!!!!!


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sns231
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Dec 21, 2008, 5:28 PM

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I have a 2007 Jeep Liberty with just over 26,000 miles on it. When gas prices began rising, I purchased a Locking Gas Cap but I am no longer sure of the actual model... It does look and operate similar to this Locking Gas Cap I found online at:

http://www.jcwhitney.com/...&catalogId=10101

In order to remove the gas cap, I have always

1. Inserted my key and turned it to the left a quarter notch
2. Then I simply twist off the gas cap, like a regular gas cap twists off

But I recently went out to buy gas and turned my key but the gas cap seemed stuck. It will not move to the right or left.. I am planning on going to my local Auto Lube in the morning if I can't figure out a solution tonight..;

Any help..

Thank you!


Loren Champlain Sr
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Dec 21, 2008, 5:32 PM

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You might try spraying some penetrant into the lock. If it's freezing where you are, you could try warming the key prior to putting it into the lock. (I use a Bic lighter to warm the key, but not near the gas capSmile).
Loren
SW Washington


sns231
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Dec 21, 2008, 5:48 PM

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Thank you for such a quick response! I have some WD 40.. Should I just spray it into the actual lock where the key goes? The temp dropped dramatically today, so I was wondering if temperature might have something to do with it. .. My key will turn the lock but the actual gas cap does not move once I "unlock" it..


Loren Champlain Sr
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Dec 21, 2008, 5:54 PM

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If the key turns in the lock, then the WD40 probably won't help, but it's worth a try. Can you get the vehicle into a garage so it can 'thaw' out? It is possible that the cap is frozen to the metal fuel neck. I can't think of a safe way to warm it up. Anything electric 'can' cause a spark which would ruin your whole dayPirate. Do you have someone with a strong hand that can try turning it for you?
Loren
SW Washington






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