Hi everybody. I have a really weird situation here, or so I’m told.
Yesterday, I turned on my car and got a message on my dash telling me to check my fuel cap. I did, and it was fine. The message still didn’t go away, so when I got to work, I actually unscrewed my cap to check and make sure everything looked normal. At this point, I noticed that the metal flap that usually covers the opening of the gas tank was gone. After showing this to my neighbor, he said that it looks like there’s actually an entire component missing from the mouth of the tank, and not just the flap. I’m sure there’s a technical term for this part, though I have no idea what it is.
I’m guessing that, the last time I got gas, this part of my gas tank went with the nozzle when I took it out. How I didn’t notice this is beyond me. Unfortunately, the last time I got gas, I was 100 miles away from home. I called the station to ask if anyone had seen anything resembling what I might be looking for, but they said no.
My question is, am I in for a nauseatingly expensive repair here? Is it possible to just replace that one part, or am I going to end up replacing a whole lot more? I haven’t taken it to a mechanic yet because I’m trying to go in armed with some knowledge about what can be done here. Any help is greatly appreciated.