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post #1 of 28
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Since gas prices are so high I was thinking about getting a locking gas cap. Does anyone her ehave one? Did you buy it because of the price of gas is so high and you don't want people stealing it from you?
post #2 of 28
I have one... I bought it for several reasons. Prices being high is one of them. Also because of snotty teenagers in the neighborhood we lived in
post #3 of 28
The access door to my gas cap has to be unlatched from inside the car, with a little lever next to the driver's seat. I had a locking gas cap on one of my older cars, and I always thought it was worth it, as long as you don't lose your key!
post #4 of 28
My gas cap has to be unlocked from inside the car as well, so I'm not too worried at the moment.

Besides, if someone is THAT desparate to syphin gasoline, I guess I should let them have. Gasoline leaves a disgusting taste in your mouth, even after you spit it out.
post #5 of 28
Mine unlocks from the inside,also-I had a locking cap awhile ago because of the area I lived in-was fine -I had an extra key in case of losing it which I do all the time with any key-
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
Since gas prices are so high I was thinking about getting a locking gas cap. Does anyone her ehave one? Did you buy it because of the price of gas is so high and you don't want people stealing it from you?
I bought one last September after prices skyrocketed. It cost me $15, but I figured it is worth it. About a month after installing it, I found that it had been tampered with, but no one was able to break though it, so I was very glad that I'd gotten it! Over the last 6 months or so we have seen an increase in siphoning crimes.

I say, go for it. Better safe than sorry!
post #7 of 28
I had one once---- the darn thing broke/malfunctioned while locked on my gas pipe thingy!!!!!!!! I stopped to get gas one day and ---NOPE! My dad knocked it of with a 2x4 and I never want one again!
post #8 of 28
The cost of our petrol has rocketed lately. I have a locking cap on my car which is standard for the UK. Pete's car has an internal release.

My Harley is not a lockable cap, but we dont really worry about the petrol being knicked, the real problem would be if someone poured something in
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
My gas cap has to be unlocked from inside the car as well, so I'm not too worried at the moment.

Besides, if someone is THAT desparate to syphin gasoline, I guess I should let them have. Gasoline leaves a disgusting taste in your mouth, even after you spit it out.
You don't syphon it out with your mouth anymore They sell syphon pumps at any auto parts store... so you just put pipe in the victims gas tank, the other side in your container, a couple of pumps and let gravity do the rest. It's kinda weird how they work, but you can get 5 gallons rather quickly.
I've got locking gas caps on all of our cars... lots of locals were complaining about 20-30 gallons going missing overnight from their trucks and SUVs, so I decided it was worth the $13.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by VampireCat
The cost of our petrol has rocketed lately. I have a locking cap on my car which is standard for the UK. Pete's car has an internal release.

My Harley is not a lockable cap, but we dont really worry about the petrol being knicked, the real problem would be if someone poured something in
I looked into getting a locking cap for my Harley Sportster as well, but the cost was too ridiculous - I figured if I lose 3 gallons, I lose 3 gallons - better than losing 15 from my truck all at once!
post #11 of 28
My mom tried to get me to buy one of these after some report on the news about a year ago. I thought it was ridiculous, still do, and haven't bought one. I still don't know a single soul who has had thier gas stolen.
post #12 of 28
Can you get these at an auto parts store??? are they sized??
post #13 of 28
I don't have one, but one of my friends does- cause he has some psycho exes that have been known to sugar his tank
post #14 of 28
I need one. The other night we went to milwaukee for a concert, and when we got back in the car, the gas was on empty. We were quite mad, as we just put out last 15 bucks in.

UGH!
post #15 of 28
A locking gas cap is no deterrent. My late husband owned an auto repair business back in '73. He made a LOT of money, replacing gas tanks, which had been punctured by gas thieves. Let them siphon your gas - its cheaper to replace a tank of gas, than the whole gas tank.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by katl8e
A locking gas cap is no deterrent. My late husband owned an auto repair business back in '73. He made a LOT of money, replacing gas tanks, which had been punctured by gas thieves. Let them siphon your gas - its cheaper to replace a tank of gas, than the whole gas tank.
Good point... I hope people don't start doing that.
post #17 of 28
My gas cap can only be opened from the inside of the car with a little lever. This is a nice security feature and much more handy than having to have yet one more key to keep up with for unlocking it.
post #18 of 28
Mine also has to be released by a lever next to the driver's seat. I have thought about getting a locking cap tho because on my last car, thieves pried the little door open.
post #19 of 28
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looked into getting a locking cap for my Harley Sportster as well, but the cost was too ridiculous - I figured if I lose 3 gallons, I lose 3 gallons - better than losing 15 from my truck all at once!
Harley parts dont come cheap When i order parts i get them from the US now, even with import taxes it is still cheaper than getting them here.

We are paying approx 97p a litre in the Uk which is about $1.84. I dont hear much about syphoning off, i dont think its a problem in our area.

Loosing 15 gallons as you say it is a lot of fuel to loose !
post #20 of 28
Our car has the release lever inside. We used locking gas caps on our old car, and actually had a station attendant steal one (with the key).
post #21 of 28
I got one after losing half full tanks twice in 1 week. Now the ltheiving little monsters are hitting the neighbors. So much for neighborhood watch!
post #22 of 28
I got my car from one on my mom's friends. The car already had a locked gas cap. I always have to fight the stupid thing to get it back on. I always have to fight with it to get it off too. I'm sure it's worth it, but I find it a pain in the butt!
post #23 of 28
I purchased a locking gas cap a couple of months ago because I thought someone had been stealing my gasoline at night when my car was parked in the driveway at my house. I have not been using near as much gas since the purchase. I would suggest purchasing a locking gas cap from the manufacturer. "Universal" gas caps will cause an emission leak on some cars. Thus, Service Engine Soon light comes on. I keep a gas cap key on the keyring with each set of keys.
post #24 of 28
This siphoning of gas reminded me of a story I heard a few years back.

This guy wanted to siphon gas from a motorhome that was at a campground while the owner was away. But he mixed up the tanks. When he put a hose down into the tank and sucked, he got a mouthful of sewage!!!! He was siphoning the septic tank and not the gas tank!!! The owners came back to find the hose sticking out of the septic tank and a very sick neighbor nearby.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Catkiki
This siphoning of gas reminded me of a story I heard a few years back.

This guy wanted to siphon gas from a motorhome that was at a campground while the owner was away. But he mixed up the tanks. When he put a hose down into the tank and sucked, he got a mouthful of sewage!!!! He was siphoning the septic tank and not the gas tank!!! The owners came back to find the hose sticking out of the septic tank and a very sick neighbor nearby.
that'll show him!!!
post #26 of 28
do you know that if someone wants gas they can get it from underneath the car?
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Cougar
Good point... I hope people don't start doing that.
We started having people drilling into gas tanks of vehicles here in Massachusetts - it started last fall after the gas prices shot up so high.

Generally, drilling into a gas tank requires tools and skill and a bit of luck, as they risk a spark from the drilling setting off an explosion in the gas tank.

I'm happy with the locking gas cap I have - good luck to someone who tries to take my gas in another method!
post #28 of 28
Ugh I need one of these!! I'll have to read through this whole thread to see where people have bought them because I don't know anything about it. My fiance came home from work one day to my gas cap off and some rope outside the car (pretty stupid to do during daylight??). The other day I went to fill up and my cap wasn't completely on (isn't that dangerous??). I always turn it until it starts clicking. So that is 2 incidinces in my neighborhood, and that is 2 too many...though I'm not sure either time they succeeded in getting gas from me.
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