Locking Gas Caps

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    With gasoline heading north without an end in sight, I bought a locking gas cap for the '04 Suburban. The NAPA fella's comment, after I told him what I needed, was that they've sold a lot of caps to folks that just suffered thefts. 30 gallons gone would really send me off the deep end.

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    Kinda like the rebar cages I see around A/C units these days.

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    Do you have any idea how easy it is to get a 'locking' gas cap off?

    Last year we had a string of thefts where people were punching holes in the bottom of people's tanks and draining it out that way. If they want it, they'll get it.
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    Do you have any idea how easy it is to get a 'locking' gas cap off?
    It's just another layer.

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    Don't keep anymore in there than you need. That way you don't have much to lose. Locking caps don't slow them down one bit. Flat tip screw driver will take it right off.
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    I've been using locking gas caps for 10+ years. Once in a while the aftermarket gas caps will throw a code after drastic temperature changes. You need to get 'em tight when you lock. Locking gas caps won't always deter fuel theft......my parents live in Wichita and thieves have been known to drill and drain the gas tanks on fleet vehicles there. Locking gas cap will deter many. Good investment to my thinking. Good prices at local O'Reilly's auto parts stores. Good move!

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    I keep my Suburban over 1/2 full at all times to the extent possible. I live in the sticks, so I try not to run low. Plus with 10 cents raises daily/weekly I'm speculating on oil.

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    I had fuel siphoned from my truck in the middle of downtown Denver several years ago. Been locking up the tank ever since.

    I need a combo cap for my '08 Ram. I had a great one for my Silverado that i could put some cash and a spare key inside of but I can't find a combination cap for my current truck that won't set off my check engine light.

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    I see no advantage to the locking gas cap as they CAN be easily removed.OMO
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    that combo one I had (wish I could remember the manufacturer) would spin freely without the combo. yeah you could probably pry it off eventually with a crowbar but i figure most meth addicts would probably just move on the to next car rather than mess with it.

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    Never thought about it much.. But I guess a gas thief would be scratching his head trying to find the gas cap or gas tank on my car.
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    most gas tanks are anti siphon now; try it you will be hard pressed to get a hose down the fill nozzle

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    What do you drive, adric22 ??

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    2000 ford P/U and I have try a couple of times and there is some kind of block in the fill line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    most gas tanks are anti siphon now; try it you will be hard pressed to get a hose down the fill nozzle
    yes it will be hard on most vehicles to get any out. many mango season ago back in the 70's/80's we used locking gas caps during the carter gas problem.
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