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I have a 2001 ford escape. The engine light has been coming on and going off for about a year now. We changed the gas cap but that only worked for a while. The car runs likes its new, we have never missed a servicing but it won't pass the smog test in CA. The repair shop reset it and told us to wait a few days and take it back to the smog place but the smog place told us that by the time the computer finishes its routine the light will come back on and it still won't pass. What to do?

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    Marsha Cunningham Apr 08, 2011

    The error code was P0457 and I was told that it was about the gas cap. They tested the gas cap and it was good, also the place where the gas is pumped into is good, too, not chipped.

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The repair shop should have used a scanner to detect the error on the computer. Otherwise it would be difficult to troubleshoot the car accurately. If they did run the scanner, what were the error codes generated?

It may just be a problem with the oxygen sensor or the catalytic converter that is why you would not pass the test but it would be best to get the error every time you get the check engine light.

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  • Nicolo Carlo Parazo Apr 08, 2011

    how far did they check the gas cap? Did they check the entire openings it may not be on the gas cap but the assembly may have leaks or gaps between the cap. Although that may be unlikely track the hoses from the gas tank. There should be more than one. One is the line to the engine. Have it traced, another line should go to the canister which filters the smell. Basically there are passages from the gas tank make sure you check them. Gas fumes passes to it to prevent negative pressure to the gas tank to prevent damage to the tank.

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