Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Under a big sky
Gascap warning message
So on Thursday night when I started my '09 Patriot the gascap warning came up. This was a few days since the last fill-up. I removed the cap, which seemed tightly on, and put it back. I've since done it again. The warning keeps appearing when I start the vehicle, which seems to be running fine.
1. The manual isn't clear, but is the warning specific to the gas cap or is it the systems general way of letting you know that the fuel system isn't properly pressurized? In other words, could it indicate issues somewhere else than just the cap?
2. Is this like the "Check Engine Light" on previous vehicles I've had where the light will eventually disappear if the problem has actually been solved but keep showing up for a time? So if the cap was a bit loose and now isn't, at some point will the warning stop showing up at start, or is it firing up every time because the car detects the problem still exists?
I'd rather not rush off to the dealer or a mechanic for something like a light that will reset in time.