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The fuel cap will not come off of our 2005 ford explorer sport.

It is not frozen. Is it electrical or something? For the past 2 weeks, the gas station attendant has had to use pliers to get the gas cap off my 2003 Ford Explorer. In 4 more days, I'll need gas again....any ideas?

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Could be damaged from an attempted gas theft,,,or the cap may have been run over and damaged.
try using another gas cap from a friends car,,simillar cap though.

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P0457 FORD - EVAP Control System Leak Detected (Fuel Filler Cap Loose/Off)
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Vehicles that meet enhanced evaporative requirements utilize a vacuum-based evaporative system integrity check. The evap system integrity check uses a Fuel Tank Pressure Transducer (FTPT), a Canister Vent Solenoid (CVS) and Fuel Level Input (FLI) along with the Vapor Management Valve (VMV) or Electric Vapor Management Valve (EVMV) to find 0.040" diameter or larger evap system leaks. Federal vehicles can utilize a 0.040" leak check rather than the 0.020" leak check required for California vehicles (click over pic for zoom).


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Possible solution:
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Tech notes:
It is a very common problem with Ford vehicles. There are service bulletins for the following vehciles:
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1997-2002 Ford ESCORT
1998-2003 Ford ESCORT ZX2
2000-2003 Ford FOCUS
2002-2003 Ford THUNDERBIRD
1997 F-250 Ford HD
1997-1999 Ford Ford F-250 LD
1999-2003 Ford F SUPER DUTY
2000-2003 Ford EXCURSION

Also, in this link could check this Ford Bulletin.

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