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Old 09-26-2011, 07:30 AM   #1
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locking fuel caps

Having had fuel stolen and knowing others who have had fuel stolen, I like locking gas caps.
Many times Jeep salespeople know little about Jeeps.
Recently a Jeep salesperson told me that I did not need to order a locking fuel cap with a Wrangler That the design of the Wrangler fuel system prevented fuel from flowing out of the gas cap in the event of a roll over. This same feature prevented fuel from being stolen.
Any truth to this?

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Old 09-26-2011, 07:42 AM   #2
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That may or may not be true, but a locking gas cap will prevent some jerk from putting sand or sugar in your tank.

I got a Mopar locking gas cap right from my Jeep dealer. Can't remember what I paid. The dealer keyed it to my ignition key for me, so I do not need an extra key.

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Old 09-26-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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Siphoning gas shouldn't be a concern with a plastic gas tank. All it takes is a screw driver these days, something that a locking cap will assure they do if they plan on stealing gas.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Don't they also have a lock for the hood that can also be keyed like the ignition lock?

That way everything could be keyed alike.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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I've been looking for an ignition-keyed door lock, haven't found one.

daggo: re: "All it takes is a screw driver these days, something that a locking cap will assure they do if they plan on stealing gas. "

Question: I crawled under mine with the notion of having an eye to how to accomplish such a mission, and I had heard a variation using the cordless drill gambit....there was a surprising amount of protection from the skid plate. Do we have any kind of study available that can identify frequency of occurrence of gas tank piercing?
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I've been looking for an ignition-keyed door lock, haven't found one.

daggo: re: "All it takes is a screw driver these days, something that a locking cap will assure they do if they plan on stealing gas. "

Question: I crawled under mine with the notion of having an eye to how to accomplish such a mission, and I had heard a variation using the cordless drill gambit....there was a surprising amount of protection from the skid plate. Do we have any kind of study available that can identify frequency of occurrence of gas tank piercing?
How about those 2 quarter size drain holes. Think you could punch a hole through the plastic there? Study? Show me a study for siphoning gas that would have been prevented with a locking cap? My dad always said that locks only stop honest people.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:24 AM   #7
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I agree with daggo that locks are for honest people. But, a locking gas cap will at least keep a kid from putting something in there. Since the caps are at kid height why tempt them or at the very least they will go to another vehicle that doesn't have one. The hole punch thing I think has rarely happened to the point that I would say it verges on an urban legend. If someone wants gas that bad from your JK they're going to get it. Why lock your vehicle if someone will only break the lock to get in. You have to be at least a little vigilant.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:34 AM   #8
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I agree with daggo that locks are for honest people. But, a locking gas cap will at least keep a kid from putting something in there. Since the caps are at kid height why tempt them or at the very least they will go to another vehicle that doesn't have one. The hole punch thing I think has rarely happened to the point that I would say it verges on an urban legend. If someone wants gas that bad from your JK they're going to get it. Why lock your vehicle if someone will only break the lock to get in. You have to be at least a little vigilant.
Right, piercing the tank to steal gas is urban legend, but kids putting sugar in the tank isn't.
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Thieves typically look for the EASIEST target...especially for something like gasoline. A non locking gas cap is precisely that: an easy target. A locking cap makes yours AT LEAST on par with every other vehicle in the lot. Probably a harder target as someone else will have easier access to their tank.

As with anything, if a thief wants it, they'll get it. But making yourself a harder target reduces your odds of being targeted in the first place.

I have had gas stolen out of my Jeep...but since then, I have not had a single issue since installing a locking cap.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:44 AM   #10
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Locks keep honest people honest.
However, they are also a good detriment.
A thief is likely to go to the vehicle that takes the least amount of effort and the least amount of time.
So my thought is to make it difficult, not impossible.
Also, the first time it happened was a custom 4x4 van parked on a beach along a highway.
Was afraid that some of the beach sand was put in the gas tanks. Luckily they only took the gas.
Several months ago talked to a trucker that had two tanks almost drained completely. He said that each was 100 or 150 gal., do not remember which.
Things seem to suggest that events like this will increase.
Which locking system is best and why?
The kind with a door and the lock in the door.
The kind with the lock in the cap.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:30 AM   #11
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My locking gas cap worked pretty good until I left it sitting on a gas pump and drove off without it...
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Don't they also have a lock for the hood that can also be keyed like the ignition lock?

That way everything could be keyed alike.
That is correct. My Jeep has both (locking hood and gas cap keyed to the ignition key). The previous owner was concerned about theft.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:58 PM   #13
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My previous 2008 JKUR was sold to a lady whose Jeep was stolen out of a resturant parking lot while she and her husband ate dinner.
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I think I'll be doing this when I start traveling more and parking on the street, parking lots, etc...

Not sure if the link will work, but item # is below.

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re: "old to a lady whose Jeep was stolen out of a resturant parking lot " Unless we've been completely misled, the 'alarm' system has a no-start chip that prevents such of those so equipped.

I had a spare non-chip key made, and the motor in fact does NOT run more than about 2 seconds when using it.

I'm going to pretend until I learn differently, that this factory system is adequate for slowing down those gangs that don't have a convenient lift-bed wrecker to snatch my prize.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:00 PM   #16
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Do not know what year their old Jeep was. They said they were paying with insurance money.
Think most people who drive Jeeps know of a beautiful area that has been destroyed apparently just because it is beautiful. I know of many.
People do that to vehicles also.
Like to drive vehicles that are fun to drive anywhere like Jeeps or performance sports cars.
Also own a low end Ferrari, a Mondial t Cab. Same as used in “Scent of a Woman”. Only drive it sometimes with my eyes closed.
Was stolen on assignment in Bear, Delaware. Theft ring also owned a legitimate towing service with contracts with Delaware, State Police, WalMart, etc.
Police suspected it would be stolen, watched it being stolen, and watched it being damaged for about a week. Theft ring could not get the Ferrari started.
They did $40,000.00 + in damages not covered by insurance.
Through Ferrari Circles, put so much pressure on the Delaware State Police that the police ended up stealing it back in the middle of the night.
The theft ring woke up to find the Ferrari gone.
I come from the poor side of the tracks. It takes much effort and sacrifice to afford things.
Wish human nature was different, but think we need to protect ourselves and things like Jeeps.

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