Check Engine Light on Due to Binding Fuel Cap on Honda CR-V

A binding fuel filler cap can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us this can be caused by a problem with the fuel filler neck which may require replacement.

RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 102,737 (53,735–175,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2008
23 people reported this problem
14 people shared problem details
2004 Honda CR-V65,000
I tighten the fuel cap down good and snug at fill up. Once I hit about half a tank the light goes on again..Take off cap, reinstall and tighten and the light goes out. It must be a pressure drop in the system causing this. Is there any place I should look to find the leak?...
Upvoted (13)Flag Inappropriate
My check engine light will not go off and the reason is to check the fuel cap. I have replaced and tightened this cap numerous times. Now and alert (where my mileage shows) consistently says "check fuel cap". Whats up!!
2002 Honda CR-V141,000
Engine light comes on all the time. Always loose gas cap. Re tighten and light goes out 24 hours later
2003 Honda CR-V66,000
needs a new fuel filler neck
2002 Honda CR-V53,735
Gas cap binds and will not seal causing "check engine" lite to illuminate. Purchased a new gas cap - did not fix problem, still binding. Notified Superstition Springs Honda in Mesa, AZ of the problem - they had no recommendation for a fix. Problem still not fixed 3 years later - spraying with WD-40 or equivalent helps temporarily. Current mileage is 82,214. Honda should issue a recall for this problem.
2000 Honda CR-V79,000
P1456 code readout on OBD reader. I noticed that the small, recessed black rubber gasket in the filler cap has a small split at one point. This is probably destroying the pressure seal. At any rate, I'm going to replace the cap. Nothing wrong with the filler neck, its clean and no burrs. I suspect others may have the same issue?
2000 Honda CR-V127,500
Every time the check engine light comes on, it turns out to be the gas cap issue. I haven't fixed it and I ignore the light unless I experience some other symptoms or I am at the oil change place that reads the code for free.
2003 Honda CR-V126,200
Check engine light came on about a week ago. I took it to the shop and nothing was wrong. The guy said it was probably the fuel cap. All was fine then today it came back on while i was driving. Car feels fine nothing ot of the ordinary. I tightened the gas cap but light is still on.
2000 Honda CR-V78,000
Every time I start the car - the Check Fuel Cap message is on the display. I clear it out - but it comes back after I start the car again. The fuel cap is tight and the car is running great. I will try cleaning the seal and lubing with vasoline and hope that this fixes the problem!
I have been having problems with my car reading that the gas cap is loose but I am now having the check engine light on.
2008 Honda CR-V93,369
First the check fuel cap light flashed at me. I was driving and waited to check it. Next time I started the car the check engine light came on. Based on the reports here, I assume it's related to the fuel cap...will take it in for a check, but seems a bit clear what the issue is.
2002 Honda CR-V175,000
First time problem occurred was at 60K. Dealer replaced fill pipe neck. Said was defective. Have had this problem off and on since.
2003 Honda CR-V75,000
No solution, same issue
replaced gas cap with new one, light evetually went out
Related Items:
When this happens, seems as though car is going to stall out. Happens randomly. Occurred more...
check engine light came on and when came to a stop, rough idling occurred
Engine light comes on when I use unleaded regular gas, but goes out when I use premium.
check engine light was going on an off for about a week, crv was running fine. thought we got b...
I was recently told that I needed a new gas cap; all I got in explanation was that it had somet...

Related Content