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Experience:  25 years experience on all makes and models, Licensed NYS Inspector.
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I have a "Check Fuel Cap" light that came on

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I have a "Check Fuel Cap" light that came on yesterday while driving on a 2001 Ford Escort SE, 2.0L. I tried replacing it and the light will not go out. What else could cause this and how can I reset the light? I have no apparent drivability issues.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 years ago.

HI there,

The car has to go through several running cycles for the light to go out on it's own. You can clear the code using a code reader. Some parts stores will do this for you at no charge depending on where you live. You can also drive the car and if it's the problem the light will eventually go out on it's own. I do not suggest disconnecting the battery. It can cause drivability issues so you are actually better off driving with the light on then disconnecting the battery. This will not damage the car to drive this way.

Another thing that can cause this light is the vent control solenoid. This will leave the system open and make the car think the gas cap is off.

Please let me know if there is any more I can do to help you from here.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Where about is the vent control solenoid located, is it on the canister or near the fuel tank?
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 years ago.

It's located under the car attached to the canister. This should be the only electrical connection right there.

Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 years ago.

Do you need further assistance with this?