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Old 21 Aug 2008, 10:44 pm
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Hey there Gang,

Just found this site this evening, while looking for information on my Fuel Restricting Door. I did as requested and attempted a search on the subject here, but came up empty, so I am hoping someone can help.

I have a 2007 PT Cruiser that I purchased just over a month ago, and it appears as if something thinks I have too much gas, so they decided to help me by taking some. I am getting this impression, due to finding my gas cap off of the vehicle, and my "Restricting Door" no longer there. I am wondering if any of the members here have ran into this situation yet, and if it caused any problems having that piece of metal in their fuel tank. I am only guessing that it is in the tank, as it is no longer where it belongs.

The worst part of this whole situation is that I had purchased a locking gas cap right after I bought the PT Cruiser, but it was defective and would not lock. Shoot they even ordered a new one, and it had the same problem.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 22 Aug 2008, 07:01 am
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Welcome to the forum.

Usually when thieves siphon gas they either stick a small tube down the filler neck or punch a hole in the tank itself. I'm taking a guess that whoever did it to you had a large siphon tube and needed more room to insert the tube so somehow got rid of the restricting door. I looked at mine and I can't tell if that part can be pried out or punched down into the tank.

If they did pry it out, they would probably throw it away so look all around the area where you found the gas cap. If it did get punched threw to the tank, you have 2 choices. Pull the tank and then pull the pump and filter which would give you enough room to recover the part or leave it in the tank.

Don't think it would hurt anything in the tank because it is too big to get sucked in the fuel system but it might move around where it restricts the fuel pump from drawing in gas.

Hopefully one of mechanics on the forum wil see this thread and give you some expert advice.
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Old 22 Aug 2008, 07:24 am
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First, Welcome to the Forum!!

Second, If you are talking about the little "trap door" in the filler neck, it looks to be the size of a quarter, even if it got pushed into the tank, I believe it is to large to affect anything. The only outlet would be from the pump itself, unless the pump intake would be jammed. As I have never seen a pump I cannot know for sure.

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Old 22 Aug 2008, 12:12 pm
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Default Re: Fuel Restricting Door Help

Hi Hooligan and Crewzin, thanks for the replies.

Your responses reinforced my thinking, as to whether or not the restricting door would cause a problem if it is left in the tank. It is something I know should be taken care of eventually, but it should not be a problem short term. As long as it does not block fuel from the pump, I figure I am fine for now. I am hoping the thieves were able to just pull it out, and it is laying on the ground somewhere.

Thanks Again
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