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Old 04-26-2008
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WTF some scum tried to steal gas!

Some low life attempted to steal gas from my truck and wifes cobalt. I noticed this at the gas station when i took the cap off that little metal flapper thing was gone. I guess they couldn't get gas out because of something in the filler hose or tank but i don't know which.

Now my question is does it matter that the flapper thing is gone?

I think i am going to bate them in by leaving a can outside.
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theres a mesh screen in there to prevent stealing gas


just about all cars and trucks have them now
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that just happend to me aslo....had half a tank in there when i got home at night and it was on E when i got up for work....and the metal thing is gone aslo
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They cant steal gas from your truck unless someone removed the screen or cut your tank open. I dont have that flapper thing I dont think there ever was one.
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well all i know is my half a tank was gone and my truck was just sitting over nite
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well aint that a *****
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There is locking gas caps TOO I ve had to switch over to that to prevent someone gettin mine!
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Wow, all the things I have to worry about in this world. Keeping my children safe, making sure nobody breaks into my house, keeping my cars from being stolen, Now even have to worry about people stealing gas out of my tank??? lol what's this world coming to?
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It's a jungle out there. Ga$ is expensive and thieves are a plenty.

I HATE THIEVES!!! :
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that flapper thing doesnt really do anything, just keeps gas from splashing excessively into the gas cap, mine got ripped out when i was filling up with a gas can
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Thieves around here are just jamming a screwdriver into gas tanks and stealing gas that way. Thats right up there with the A-holes who steal cats from parked cars.

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There is locking gas caps TOO I ve had to switch over to that to prevent someone gettin mine!
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the cheap autozone ones never last with the winters here, i had to rip my old one off because the lock froze up.

the best locking caps you can buy are from ford, i think they are made by stant, i know mine is.
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Worried about people stealing it from your truck, how about at the pump? How about this article,
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080426/bad_gas_pumps.html

And how much are the Ford locking gas caps?
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Worried about people stealing it from your truck, how about at the pump? How about this article,
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080426/bad_gas_pumps.html

And how much are the Ford locking gas caps?
i think mine was around $20, it might have been less.
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Yeah they didn't get anything out of either of our vehicles but it still pisses me off. I wish they would steal the whole truck, and i always leave my truck unlocked and everything was left untouched. So i guess they were just out lookin for gas.

But why the need to rip the flapper things out?
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Prolly not intentional, just kinda broke it when pulling the hose out in a hurry. That bites the big one!
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kind of glad to know our rangers have a mesh screen to "prevent" gas theft.
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my truck came with the flapper roach. you can see where the indentations are for it. Also, sometimes, after I fill up, i get all kings of wierd stuff going on. I usually happens after a pretty bumpy ride and I fill up tho... That and other times, it can take up to 30 minutes to fill my truck... LOL
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I always thought that metal flapper was to prevent the fumes from escaping the tank if the cap is left off. I'm curious as to why they would need to remove that to get a hose into the tank?
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they have a siphon pump at walmart, so I'm sure all they do is plug it in an start pumping...
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in PA to pass inspection you have to have that little metal flappy thing so you will need to get one installed b4 your inspection runs out or have them install one when you get it inspected
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i had locking gas caps on one of my older trucks and the thief just put a pan under the truck and popped a hole in the tank right in the middle of NYC go figure
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i dont htink the new trucks have that flap ( i know moine doesnt, and hasent since new). i think its just used to help keep gas from splashing out, but now they have a one way check valve down by the tank.
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its part of the emissions your truck should of had one.
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