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Murray locking gas cap - DON'T BUY
This is a late reply to this forum, but I just want to get the word out to anyone who might be considering buying a Murray locking gas cap.
Don't make the mistake I made by buying one of these. I had 2 problems with this gas cap.
First, my truck requires a cap that has 3 tabs near the end of the cap. You push it into the opening then turn it to the right about a quarter turn. The tabs are supposed to slip into grooves and the cap is supposed to start clicking when you can't turn it anymore. Then you use the key to lock the cap. The problem is that the cheap plastic of this cap expands and contracts significantly with the temperature. So in cold temps it will start clicking before the tabs even engage in the grooves because it simply doesn't fit right, so you can't even get the cap on. When the weather warms up to around 80 then it seems to work OK.
The second problem comes when the temp is 100 (often in Texas). I was running on fumes yesterday and stopped at the next gas station. But when I tried to unlock the cap, the plastic had expanded so much the lock would not turn. I tried to gently work the lock but eventually broke the key off in the lock. I had no tools with me and was so low on gas I knew I could not make it home or any place that had service. I wound up calling a locksmith who had trouble getting the lock to turn too after he removed the broken key and eventually had to use some tools to force it. $125 later I was able to get some gas and get home.
I still see the value of a locking gas cap, but am currently shopping for one that is of higher quality and hopefully contains more metal and less plastic. Don't be fooled by the cheap price on the Murray...try adding $125 to the cost of this one...and THEN compare it to others that are initially more expensive.
Best of luck.
Last edited by Space Ghost; 07-18-2010 at 04:22 PM.