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My check engine light came on today I stopped by Autozone for the free check engine light test. He said it was the gas cap. I bought the $10.00 cap but have not put it on. I'm just wandering if this could really happen or did I just waste $10.00. The manual says it is some exhaust problem. The Autozone guy also said the light would go off in just a few day or I could just disconnect a side of the battery and it would go off. What do you think?

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Hello anonymous...

Pretty vague question...
will get you a pretty vague answer.

If
in FACT... it was a GAS CAP...
Wasted money... NOT at all.

It could be... POOR surface seal or simply loose...
(part of your emission control system: sealed fuel system)

((depending of course on YOUR year, make & model))...

Most the sensors are made to "COMPLAIN"
if the GAS cap is left off... or loose (not properly sealed).

Likewise...
it should RIGHT ITSELF if it LATER makes a good seal...

AS to wasted MONEY... DEPENDS entirely on the
condition of the OLD CAP... (spare parts)

& the competence of the AUTOZONE READER.

Really... BUT even IF THE ALARM persists...
>> NO (in my opinion)... That was NOT a waste
of your money (you are now that much smarter).

Disconnecting the BATTERY is a bad idea...
Get the codes reviewed by a COMPETENT
technician... or present ALL the codes & vehicular
nomenclature (make, model, year, engine... (etc.)) here...

We can help ... FREE.

Carnac the Magnificent

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I think that the autozone guy should learn how to read a scanner and tell you the codes so that you can verify the problem
the only problem requiring a gas cap will show up as an EVAP problem and the cap shows as a large air leak which means that the cap was not properly fitted or tightened
he could have reset the light with the scanner
removing a battery terminal looses radio codes and will affect the ECM program so should be only considered after due consultation

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Give the computer a day or two to recognize the new gas cap and turn off the light. If it doesn't go off, your best bet is to visit a parts store and have them scan the computer for you to determine the cause of the light. Auto Zone and several other parts stores will run the scan at no cost.

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