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Check fuel cap light

The check fuel cap light came on. It says to click the cap but it only clicks once--goes no farther--wasn't built to go farther. Should we replace it? If so, where do you get a better one? Today the service engine light came on--is that due to the check fuel cap? The car only has 88,000 miles and we've only had it for a couple of weeks.

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Good Day,

Probably just a bad seal in the cap. You can purchase a new one from any auto parts store or dealer. Just make sure they cross-refrence the new cap to your car as diffrent caps have diffrent pressure ratings, and you wanna make sure you get the right one. And yes a faulty cap can cause your check engine light to come on as the fuel is not pressurized properly for the motor. Once the cap is replaced with a new one remove your negative battery terminal for a few moments, then re-connect this will clear you check engine light. If you don't do this you engine light will stay on forever.

Good Luck
Hope this helps

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