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Thursday after work I pulled into the local 76 station and got a full tank of gas. On the way home several people were honking at me, and I was wondering what their fokking problem was. So when I got home I finally realized I did NOT put the gas cap back on and just drove home.

Surprisingly, the check engine light NEVER came on. I remember in the old days the damn check engine light is so sensitive that every day I'd see 5-10 posts about the check engine light, like the 37 degree beep or the leather v leatherette posts. :dunno:

Oh well, saved me a trip to the local dealership to have that light rest. :)
 

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Hack,

This is very freaky. I just did that 2 days ago too. :eek: Although no one bothered to honk at me though.... :( Was a short distance home and realized it when I smell some gas. No spills though.

No light whatsoever too. Perhaps a design flaw?

The HACK said:
Thursday after work I pulled into the local 76 station and got a full tank of gas. On the way home several people were honking at me, and I was wondering what their fokking problem was. So when I got home I finally realized I did NOT put the gas cap back on and just drove home.

Surprisingly, the check engine light NEVER came on. I remember in the old days the damn check engine light is so sensitive that every day I'd see 5-10 posts about the check engine light, like the 37 degree beep or the leather v leatherette posts. :dunno:

Oh well, saved me a trip to the local dealership to have that light rest. :)
 

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Remember that on most issues the EML only comes on when the same problem happens on 2 consecutive Drive Cycles. If you put the cap back on before it reached this state, the light will NOT come on.
 

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hack, at least in the E36, the check engine light was not set off due to the actual gas cap being lose, but rather a loss of vapor pressure in the tank, which occurs when its not sealed (ie no/loose cap) A drive home may not have been enough time to cause a check engine. Also, if you did set it off, it would reset itself after a while, assuming you remedied the situation.
 
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