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Oil cap is leaking

2005 883 has a flush mount oil cap, However after removing the cap I can not get the darn thing to sit flush again any reason why this would happen? and is there a solution?

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Is there a rubber gasket or o-ring on the bottom of the oil cap? a lot of times that little gasket/ring will slip down when unscrewing and won't let you put the cap all the way back on.

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