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#1 OFFLINE   iso3200

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:34 PM

I noticed that anyone can walk up to a 2012 Ford Focus hatchback and pop the fuel filler door open and mess around. Is there a locking gas cap available? Or even a locking door? I can't believe they didn't add an interior fuel filler door release switch for the driver.







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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:37 PM

I've always been under the impression that if someone is malicious enough to mess with your fuel tank, they will also be malicious enough to pry open a lockable fuel door.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:57 PM

The sedan is the same way, as are many many other cars, because its not really that big of a problem in most areas.

There is a locking cap that goes in the capless fuel tube for the mustang. I would guess, but can't be sure, that it is compateble
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:29 PM

found this:
http://www.fordparts...ord&model=Focus
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:59 PM

the filler neck has an anti-syphon feature built in, so i don't worry about that. yes some could put something in your tank that doesnt belong, personally i havent heard of anyone having that issue. although im sure someones had it happen.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:44 PM

the filler neck has an anti-syphon feature built in, so i don't worry about that. yes some could put something in your tank that doesnt belong, personally i havent heard of anyone having that issue. although im sure someones had it happen.


Not without a funnel. If someone is trying to put something in your tank and they think ahead to bring a funnel you're screwed one way or the other - they'll probably just key it or slash the tires.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:26 PM

I've never locked my gascaps and I've never had a problem. Knock on wood. I really like the fact that you can just open the door and start filling.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 02:56 AM

I've always been under the impression that if someone is malicious enough to mess with your fuel tank, they will also be malicious enough to pry open a lockable fuel door.


At least to an onlooker, taking a pry bar to vehicle is an obvious sign of foul play. If they just have to pop the door open, there's no signal to differentiate them from the owner.
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:56 PM

At least to an onlooker, taking a pry bar to vehicle is an obvious sign of foul play. If they just have to pop the door open, there's no signal to differentiate them from the owner.


Unless you're talking about the old-school fuel doors that have a lock that requires a key to open, many of the current "locking" fuel doors can be opened with a butter knife.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 11:50 AM

I haven't heard of any news or police reports of gas being sipihoned out of cars. More likely, these days, a theif uses a stolen credit card to get gas. Pay at the pumps usully dont ask for verifications.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 08:54 AM

I haven't heard of any news or police reports of gas being sipihoned out of cars. More likely, these days, a theif uses a stolen credit card to get gas. Pay at the pumps usully dont ask for verifications.


In some places and times, if they don't require people to pay before pumping then it's Pump/Gas and Dash.

Even with that, thieves are going to the extent of stealing licence plates off other vehicles, and committing the offence. At my one parking lot, I flagged a police officer for my friend whose front end of the car looked like it was vandalized. We later found out that two people in that lot had their plates stolen, and my friend's vandalized car was the result of the thief trying to get that plate off the bumper.

In that grand scheme of things, gas siphoning probably isn't a big issue unless it is happening to you every day. By then, maybe it's time to convert to electric :)

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:02 PM

Not without a funnel. If someone is trying to put something in your tank and they think ahead to bring a funnel you're screwed one way or the other - they'll probably just key it or slash the tires.


Don't know if you are aware or not but Ford gives you a funnel with the car just in case you have to add fuel from a can. It's next to the spare tire.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:18 PM

The other option that has been seen more lately is perps just drilling out the gas tank from the bottom instead of bothering with the fuel door at all.
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 01:02 PM

Don't know if you are aware or not but Ford gives you a funnel with the car just in case you have to add fuel from a can. It's next to the spare tire.


Of course. That's what I meant when I said they would need a funnel to open the filler neck to get the sugar or whatever into the tank.
And with the vehicle locked they would not be able to use the one in the trunk.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 08:18 PM

Living in a cold climate, I've had ice prevent an internal-released fuel door from opening... so the lack of that annoyance is a plus for me.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 08:24 PM

I noticed that anyone can walk up to a 2012 Ford Focus hatchback and pop the fuel filler door open and mess around. Is there a locking gas cap available? Or even a locking door? I can't believe they didn't add an interior fuel filler door release switch for the driver.

The Mustang accessories catalog offers a locking cap that should work. I went to fordparts.com and it looks like the Focus and Mustang have the same fuel assembly.

Edited by razzerx, 08 July 2011 - 08:39 PM.