Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Actually.......I just had this problem. I went to fill up, it was always hard to open the gas cap since I got the bike weeks before hand. I figured it was just the cap on the bike. WRONG. It should be very easy to turn and open/close. If it's not, something is wrong with the locking mechanism.
I ended up going to the filling station, and somehow managed to get the cap open, barely. Had to use almost full force. Figured, hmmmm whatever. I finished getting gas and couldn't get the freakin thing to close for the life of me. I bent the crap out of my key and had to push my bike over the the curb and wait for another family member to bring me another spare from home figuring it was just a bad key.
Long story short, they got there, I bent this key again, but not as bad as the other, I could still start the bike, but not close the gas cap. Luckely, I was in a decently large city with a lock smith near by. He looked inside for bent pins, none. Took the lock apart, and said there was just a couple specs of dirt inside the locking mechanism itself. He cleaned it out, even reassembled everything for me, cut me 2 new keys, charged me a measly $15 for his time and work and 2 keys to be cut.
The cap opens and closes effortlessly now. I urge anyone who has even the slightest problem opening/closing their gas cap to get this cleaned by a pro lock smith now before it leaves you stranded somewhere! Had I filled in my little town, I woulda had to get it towed back home probably.
Last edited by Acid7711; 07-05-2009 at 08:46 AM.