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2006 explorer, gas cap and check engine light on

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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2006 explorer, gas cap and check engine light on

I have a 2006 ford explorer with ~42K miles. The check engine light and gas cap light are on. I took it to autozone and they ran the code, and said it was a loose or missing gas cap, and sold me a replacement. I installed it, they cleared the code, it was great. The lights both stayed off until the next time I went to put gas in it. After it had been refueled and running about 5 minutes later the light came on again. The gas cap light stayed off. I took it back to autozone, they ran the codes and cleared them and said it was excessive vapors, but had no idea what caused it (please remember that autozone is a parts counter, not mechanics) It was fine again, until I went to put gas in it again, now the CEL and gas cap light are both on again.

They do not turn off after a while, I have reseated the gas cap to confirm its tight, it clicks.

Fuel Mileage and performance are unchanged. I am going to take it to a different autozone to actually get the code in the next day or two, but would like some input from enthusiasts as hopefully you guys have seen this problem before.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:19 AM   #2
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vapor system failure? Do you over fill the tank - as in keep going after the auto shut off? I have a friend who's F-150 throws a code every time he tops off the tank.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:07 AM   #3
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vapor system failure? Do you over fill the tank - as in keep going after the auto shut off? I have a friend who's F-150 throws a code every time he tops off the tank.
i was thinking the same thing. I didn't overfil the tank last time and it never turns off until I have it cleared at the auto parts store. I was wondering if it's the charcoal canister is filled with fuel. I will be going to a different auto parts store tomorrow and get the code and report back when I get it.

Does anybody else have any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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On my 2005 Explorer, I cleared the CFC light by disconnecting the battery for a few minutes. 5 days later, while driving the computer screamed and Low Oil Presure message came on and engine shut down. I restarted engine and it ran fine and no messages. Went to my favorite mechanic. He found no codes were set so could not determine any problem. What now?
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