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I had a small amount of sugar put in my gas tank again I think I caught the person doing this so not a whole lot got put in, I was told to put dry gas in. The last time this happened the engine light went on and it wasn't shifting. I am hoping that the dry gas might of helped and I won't have any problem. Is there something I can do without having to drain the gas tank again

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Another thi8ng to prevent it is to get a locking gas cap at your car parts store. they cost about 10 or 15 dollars...

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Be sure to change fuel filter too. Here's to hoping you caught it.

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