Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Long Does a Gas Cap Last?

gas cap

The fuel that resides in your gas tank is used to power your vehicle and to supply the material needed for the combustion process. Making sure that the gas in the tank stays at the right consistency is important in the running of the vehicle. The job of the gas cap is to make sure that no trash or water gets into the fuel supply through the filler neck. The gas cap screws into the top of the filler neck and has a seal that helps to keep the trash out. The gas cap is used all of the time, which means that you will have to get the cap replaced eventually.

The gas cap can last up to 50,000 miles and in some cases longer if it is properly cared for. Not having this type of protection in regards to the gas supply in a car can lead to a variety of different issues. If the gas cap lets trash and dirt in the gas supply, then it will usually result in the fuel filter being clogged. A bad fuel filter will lead to a restriction in the flow of gas, which means that it will be very hard for the car to run normally.

The best way to detect damage with a gas cap is by taking the time to inspect it on a regular basis. Usually, you will be able to tell if the gas cap is damaged and getting it fixed in a hurry can reduce the damage it may do. There are a number of different types of gas caps out there and selecting the right replacement will take some time and effort on your part.

When a gas cap is in need of replacement, here are some of the things that you may notice:

  • The Check Engine Light is on
  • The seal on the gas cap is visibly damaged
  • The threads on the gas cap are worn or stripped out
  • The gas cap has been lost

Putting a new gas cap on a car will help to reduce the amount of trash that is allowed to get into your fuel supply. Getting a professional to offer advice regarding what type of gas cap to get can reduce the chance for error.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...


Related questions

Q: My gas tank (where I open the lidoor and actually put the gas pump in) is literally detached from the car.

You will need to replace the plastic retainer for the fuel fill pipe. Have a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the gas cap and order all the necessary parts. They will also help you install it. The mechanic...

Q: My car bucks when I step on the gas pedal, even in park. It acts like it's not getting fuel, at idle it runs smoothly.

This may be a sign of a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system that monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected...

Q: 2014 Ford c max hybrid

The “check fuel fill inlet” warning light means that there is a problem with the fuel tank fill seal. The seal could be missing, loose, damaged, distorted, or there is debris in the fuel fill inlet, and/or there is a...