Check Fuel Cap Light Keeps Coming On?

Tomorrow is the third time I'm bringing my car in. They replaced the gas cap and told me it was fixed. I drive for a bit and it comes on again. I know it is not dangerous, but it is annoying and inconvenient for me to keep bringing it in. It is a 2009 Honda Accord. Some blogs say it is an issue with Hondas, but this is a first for me. Any suggestions?


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June 9, 20170 found this helpful
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I had that with my previous 1999 Honda Accord but I replaced it once and it was fine.

Currently I have a 2016 Honda Accord and I had tire pressure problems where the light would be on but the pressure is fine. It went away on its own after the third time.

I would express my annoyance with the dealership and tell them it's your third time. Do you have an experienced technician who can look into this matter?

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

Do you securely close your gas cap with at least 2-3 clicks?

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

I know I need the 3-click. I'm going to pick it up this afternoon, and when the feedback survey comes, I will mention the multiple times I had to bring it in.


Someone told me that I have to drive it 50 miles straight to have the computer reset. My trips are 25 miles or less, so this isn't going to be possible for awhile.

Thank you for your feedback.

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June 9, 20171 found this helpful
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Update- They said the purge valve had to be replaced, which they did at no charge. Repair is guaranteed for one year, which is a good thing because I'm off for the summer and don't want to sit at the dealership waiting. I just drove the car home and the warning did not come on. Fingers crossed...

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the update, we are having the same problem with our Scion XB. I will ask about the purge valve on ours.

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

I did some research on a
Honda DIY blog after the second unsuccessful trip. That's how I learned about the purge valve and the evaporative system of cars.


It was my suggestion that they look at it. Would they have done it on their own? Who knows?

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

Did the service department run a diagnostic test? Probably not as they thought just replacing the cap might do the trick and sometimes it does as the caps do get dirty and need to be cleaned or replaced. It seems a lot of the Honda Accords are very sensitive when it comes to how the gas cap is put back on (too tight or too loose) and that will not change as it is in the design. Also, it may take a few days after replacing the cap for "check" light to register the fix.
You may be able to get a free diagnostic system check at one of your local auto parts stores. In my area, I get free checks at AutoZone, Advance Auto, Pep Boys, OReilly's and there may be more so maybe you have one of these near you. You do not have to buy anything to get this free test. They have even been able to reset my check engine light when it kept coming on after a repair.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

I am glad they found what was causing this as I am like you, these are very annoying lights/sounds and I am not sure that I always accept their answer to be true when "they" say "oh, this model always has that problem".


thanks for updating and letting us know it has been fixed.

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful

the tank could be empty

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