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Saturn Ion Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

Saturn Ion Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 92,244 mi (34,000 mi - 181,000 mi)


Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

  • , , 90,000 mi

    Check engine light was on. Got a new gas cap and light went off. Was told it was a vapor leak and could cost $400 to figure out the problem. Thankfully we decided to try the gas cap first. It worked!!

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  • , , 59,700 mi

    check engine light came on last son - in -law pumped gas last and I always click my gas cap several times because I have had this problem before with another automobile....I am glad I read this article here today. I am praying this is all it is. Due mostly to the fact I just found out I need hearing aides and certainly cannot afford any car repairs at this time. Wish me luck I am trying the cap tonight:)

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    My 2006 Saturn ION was showing an check engine light and when I took it to a Saturn dealership they were going to charge me $98 to hook it up and tell me what was wrong. Luckily, I had a friend who had the machine to do this and was able to tell me that it was the gas cap. About a week later the light came on again and since I had problems with the dealership and my oil change I had them check on the light for me and they also diagnosed it as the gas cap. This is twice in two weeks that this light has shown up. I hope this is the last time but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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  • , , 65,000 mi

    I asked my mechanic at Hudson's Service Center, and he told me to save a diagnostic fee and replace the gas cap first. Worked like a charm! Love those guys for thinking about my budget!

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  • , , 146,020 mi

    i bought a 2003 Saturn ION 2 with 143,232 miles on it when i bought it on may 1st,2014. today july 18th,2014 i now have 146,020 miles on it. i drive to work every day about 2-3 miles. i had an air bag light problem. come to find out it was a bad air bag coil or clock spring (horn wasn't working till the air bag coil or clock spring got fixed) now my horn works. i have had my CHECK ENGINE LIGHT come on several times since may 1st,2014 until today july 18th, 2014. one time it came on it was the gas cap. the original gas cap was no good and it needed to be replaced. so i took it to a mechanic and they replaced it with an aftermarket one but it fit my car. anyways 1 week later the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT came on yet again. i went to an ADVANCE AUTO PARTS Store and had them hook up a code reader to it. They did and it came up EVAP System (Small Leak Detected) and me and the advance auto parts employee figured it would be a gas cap so i went back in and purchased one that was Original Equipment Equivelenet and that would fit alot better than my previous gas cap. it did. and still to this day my gas cap is fine because i started my car before i went to work it was fine. i start pulling into my works parking lot and i look at the dash and their is the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT on AGAIN and this is the 3rd Time in 2 Months. while i had the car running (CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON) but, i went and took the gas cap off purposly to see if that tripped the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT. but i went and put the gas cap back on and i tighted it past 3 clicks. i made it 4 clicks and the check engine light never went off. i leave the car for a while and turn it back on again and it didn't work. the light still remained on. i know its not the gas cap but i don't know whats going on with my car. could be a bad sensor or a sensor going. it could be a number of things.

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  • , , 89,980 mi

    "Check Engine" light came on, then about a week later it went off.

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  • , , 50,000 mi

    My mechanic told me it was the gas cap. Ordered a new one (that specifically said it was for my Saturn. Worked for a few
    weeks and came back on. I have tried tightening it to no avail. Had car in to fix for recall. They told me they would not
    do anything about light. When I got car back light was off. Stayed off for 2 weeks and came back on. Waiting to hear from
    my mechanic about what to do. Car is due for inspection.

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  • , , 59,500 mi

    If the gas cap is not screwed on tight, the engine light comes on.

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  • , , 99,860 mi

    I have a habit of topping off as I did not know it is a bad idea. I had the engine lite reset and it was fine for days until I topped of again. The gas cap has been checked and was reported ok but I now may need to change the fuel valve and do not know how much it cost. I am reluctant to spend any more money as I have already paid hundreds having sensors replaced but the engine light still comes on. What should I do? How much does it cost to replace a gas valve?

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  • , , 115,200 mi

    First, I had the problem with the ignition. This was before I ever got a letter saying there was a recall for this problem. At times my key would not turn while in the ignition. It kept happening more often until my car just wouldn't start. I went through a lot trouble getting to the problem. Finally did and got it fixed by a mechanic. Now, my check engine light has come on and stays on. I had it put on a machine, and was told it must be the gas cap. I still haven't been able to get a gas cap. I sure hope that takes care of it.

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