How do I prevent the "Loose Gas Cap" error on a 2004 Buick LaSabre from setting the Check Engine light, and causing my car to fail emissions testing?


Asked by Jan 29, 2016 at 07:00 PM about the 2004 Buick LeSabre

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2004 Buick LeSabre displays the error "Loose Gas Gap".  This is causing
the "Check Engine" light to come on and permanently stay on.  This prevents
my car from passing the PA emissions test.   A mechanic said the entire gas
tank needs to be replaced.  Why wouldn't just the gas cap need to be
replaced?  Has anyone else had this problem, and what did you do?

5 Answers


Only if the gas tank has a leak in it. Try a new gas cap but anything in the EVAP system could be a cause of your problem.

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In regard to the answer give by Full_of_Regrets above, if the gas tank had a leak, wouldn't it lose fuel? I have never noticed any leakage of gasoline around my tank... Or do you mean a leak above the highest level that the gas reaches when the tank is full? I guess excess fumes could go out of a leak that above the level of the gasoline? If such a leak was causing a problem, is it possible to detect the leak and seal it, or something like that?


Replace the gas cap. Not likely you have a "leak" in the gas tank, but have the mechanic you used tell you why he is recommending the tank be replaced. Sounds like he is taking advantage of you but ask him to prove his point. There are several other things to check before suspecting the tank. It ma simply be a disconnected vapor return line or plugged evap collector line. Good luck and think about getting a second opinion.

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If there were a pin hole in the top of the tank it could cause a problem with the EVAP system but this is highly unlikely.


Try gas cap, followed by having the seal replaced for fuel pump. Both of these can cause a "vapor" leak and will give you that light. I had to replace both of mine before the light would stay off.

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