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Old 08-02-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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someone stole my gas

ok so as some of you know, I've been tied up medically from working and driving. it's been almost 3 weeks since I drove. that whole time my Jeep has been sitting on the road untouched.

so today is my first day driving again. filled with excitement, my girlfriend and I jumped in the Jeep to take it for a spin. I've been joking the past few days saying stuff like "it's been so long, I bet it doesn't start lol" well...it didn't took a few tries but she finally fired up. next thing that happened, was I hear a chime and my fuel light came on. I said to my girlfriend "I could've swore I filled this thing up last I was in it." oh well that was weeks ago. perhaps I forgot. anyway, off to the gas station I guess.

I get maybe 6 houses down the street and the Jeep stalled out. WTF!? so now I walk back to my garage for the gas can. of course, it's empty. so I end up dumping 1/4 or 1/2 gallon of gas out of the lawn mower I grab my programmer to switch in down to 87 octane fuel, grab the can, and back to the Jeep I go.

I'm already p*ssed I have to do this, and when I get back to the Jeep I about flipped out. the gas cap is dangling open. I DID fill it up. some a**hole stole it all! who does that? I thought there was a device, like a steel ball fuel flowed around to prevent people from getting gas back out? anyway a little gas, and 20 minutes worth of tuning later, I'm off to the gas station, and ran out again soon as I pulled in. man I was so mad. seriously though, who steals gas? it's not like it's outrageously expensive. it's 93, so I hope it screws up their lawnmower or tractor or whatever.

anyway, how did they get it out. like I said, I thought it had a ball or valve that let fuel in, but not out. it didn't leak. I didn't see or smell fuel, and it's holding it's current tank fine.

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I have a locking gas cap on mine, simple as that. I anticipated the theft of gas as prices go up and I'm prepared

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Old 08-02-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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i just ordered my locking gas door from quadratec.........
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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all you need is a hose at you can get it out, try it sometime you'll see.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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what an a$$h0le... I feel for ya man, I have no idea about a steel ball. I got the lock door cover for the gas cap, quadtratec charged around $60 for it.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:51 PM   #6
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that really sucks - I've got the OEM locking gas cap that fits my ignition key for my TJ.

Nothing worse than not being able to drive to then not be able to drive when given the "OK"
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:54 PM   #7
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Syphoning gas isn't terribly hard, and a locking gas cap might make you feel better, but most thieves just punch a hole in the tank and fill up their bucket and are gone in the night. It's easier, requires less equipment and it tastes a lot better... In the end, you are left with a locking gas cap and a gaping hole in your tank....... Just sayin'...

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Old 08-02-2010, 07:58 PM   #8
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^^^^ Very true - my locking Gas Cap is more for detering would be punks from putting crap in my gas tank - not so much for the removal of fluids.
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sorry, bud, but 93 octane is actually better to run in you small engine equipment, in fact some manufacturers are even requiring it to be used or else it voids the warranty. hopfully karma kicks in and they run out of oil and blow their mower up.
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I need to start parking in the driveway. I'll be watching it like a hawk. I'm surprised they didn't take the $5 in change sitting in the cupholder too. anyone goes near it they're getting a .45 up their a**.

it's not so much the money, it's the fact someone just took all my fuel. I didn't really think people did that anymore. I never even considered getting a locking cap. I'm still a little amazed by the whole thing. modified Civic next door, lifted Bronco up the street, there's a Caddy somewhere by me with crazy rims on it I always see, my Jeep...and they steal gas? all this fun stuff to take, and it's gas. just doesn't make sense to me...and why mine?

there's been a lot of kids around since school let out. I already saw them breaking bottles in the road, and flying real fast up the street. I bet it was them. just out causing trouble like kids do.

I guess I should be happy it was just a $45 tank of fuel and not a $240 tire, or $800 top...or $15000 Jeep. I still want to catch who did it and bust their legs with a sledge hammer though.
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Not to turn this into the "what got stolen from your jeep" thread, but I came out one day and the thing wouldn't start. Hood latches were just hanging there and I knew right then and there... my battery is gone. Walking back to my apt I saw another jeep in the pklot with his latches undone. Felt bad for him too.
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Not to turn this into the "what got stolen from your jeep" thread, but I came out one day and the thing wouldn't start. Hood latches were just hanging there and I knew right then and there... my battery is gone. Walking back to my apt I saw another jeep in the pklot with his latches undone. Felt bad for him too.
holy crap that's another thing I never imagined somebody would steal. WTF? thats messed up. what next? someone stole my alternator?
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:45 AM   #13
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In regards to the gas... sucks. But I'm glad they went through the fuel cap and didn't cut your fuel line. This happened to a buddy of mine a few years back.

The battery story is sick...
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:01 AM   #14
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Locking caps help. But I've had one removed. It just slows em down. (all of my cars have locking caps)

I've been pondering locking hood latches. I think I may jump on that. My battery disappearing would def ruin my day.
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Drilling the tank, for gas has been going on for years, here in Ca., when they started putting plastic gas tanks in ALL vehicles

Someone can just SNEAK underneath your vehicle with a cordless drill and gascan--BINGO-- no danger, then you're out gas/tank/MONEY

A locking gas cap and HOLELESS tank skid plate, will slowem down !!

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I can not believe the little pieces of sh-- walking the streets. Nothing is safe anywhere it seems. You have to lock and protect everything you own or some little crapper will come along and mess with it just because he can. As Groundhawg says - I still want to catch who did it and bust their legs with a sledge hammer though.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:07 PM   #17
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it's ridiculous. I wasn't a saint in my younger days, but one thing my friends and I NEVER did was mess with a vehicle. it was like an unwritten code we had.

batteries, change, fuel, that's such goofy stuff to steal. I can see blingy rims, or CD's and stuff in the Jeep, but ripping vehicle parts off is just weird. it's like those people that have that disorder you know, where they steal just for the F of it? they take strange things like gum, bologna, bowling balls, underwear, etc.

I rotated my tires just now and checked everything out. apparently that's it. lugs, tires, brake lines, skids, everything was in order. even my battery I hope they do it again. I'd pay $1000 to catch someone lurking around messing with that Jeep. I'll GLADLY pay the assault charges. it would feel so good pounding some little punk into the pavement.
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sorry, bud, but 93 octane is actually better to run in you small engine equipment, in fact some manufacturers are even requiring it to be used or else it voids the warranty. hopfully karma kicks in and they run out of oil and blow their mower up.
try putting race gas (i like 108 octane) in your 2 cycle equipment!!
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hahaha what's it do? does it fire the carb across the street as soon as you pull the lawn mower cord?
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try it and see!!
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First of all sorry to hear about that! I hate people who steal......Secondly just for everyone else...don't waste your money on locking gas caps...all it takes is an 1/8" drill bit and sumthin to spin it into your cap to catch the latch that your keep is operating....this is how we uninstall caps after ppl lose their key for them at our shop....
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First of all sorry to hear about that! I hate people who steal......Secondly just for everyone else...don't waste your money on locking gas caps...all it takes is an 1/8" drill bit and sumthin to spin it into your cap to catch the latch that your keep is operating....this is how we uninstall caps after ppl lose their key for them at our shop....
that's why i got the locking door.

if someone wants it bad enough, they're going to get it. but i figure this way i at least don't have to worry about the random idiot putting something in my tank.
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To add to things people will steal off your jeep I have heard of fellow jeepers getting their tire covers stolen...takes about 5 seconds and a quick addition to anybodys jepp or wallet.

And if you may have headlight rock guards its only 3 screws and they are gone...

moral of this story is watch ur jeeps
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no way man we used to run these little 2 cycle engines on alcohol. it was bolted to a tiny frame with a seat, steering wheel, and 2 pedals and 4 tiny tires. REAL GO-KARTS them things would burn up to 80-90mph and it wasn't uncommon to DESTROY the engine running that fuel.

based on my mechanical knowledge, it's going to shoot fire out the exhaust, then blast off to the moon. I need my mower. I'll do it to the snow blower. I have a Jeep, that blower is worthless now
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seriously, it just makes 2 cycles run better and rev faster. alcohol and race fuel are in two totally different leagues.
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would the spark plug of a mower be hot enough to burn 108 octane? i guess it could be...i just know some racing setups have to run dual ignitions to burn fuel because the octane is so high
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you can run any unleaded race fuel (usually up to 108 octane or so) in any gasoline engine. i used to run 108 in my 5.0 mustangs when i was running nitrous. the leaded fuel will ruin catalytic converters. higher octane simply means it's less prone to knock.

you won't find any benefit in a 4 cycle engine that does not require higher octanes to prevent pinging or detonation, but 2 cycles by nature, because of the addition of oil to the fuel which instantly reduces octane, will benefit. pump gas with ethanol will actually reduce the lubrication properties of the oil you're mixing, in part defeating the whole point of a 2 cycle. ethanol also absorbs moisture, which can lead to internal corrosion in your engine, especially in engines that don't see a lot of use. you may need to tweak the carb a little or experiment with your gas/oil mix to get the best results, but you should feel a difference right away.
all of this is not necessary of course, just fun.
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Do you park in the same spot while at home? Get yourself a wireless motion security camera. When it happens go in the house and watch the video. Years ago a guy found out that "a friend" was stealing his gas. I believe that among other places, BrickHouse Security® | Home Security Camera Systems | GPS Surveillance sells them.

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