Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue on Buick LeSabre

Illumination of the Check Engine Light may be the result of a loose or worn gas cap.

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Average mileage: 119,723 (41,000–237,611)
10 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
113 people reported this problem
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gas cap loose warning light comes on. I replaced the gas cap with a new one and it does the same thing from time to time and the gas cap seems to be tight.
2004 Buick LeSabre108,000
Service engine soon light came on this past march, (2012) took car in, they sanded off some rust where the gas cap screws on, worked fine until two days ago service engine light came back on...taking it back in tomorrow...any suggestions?
Service vehicle soon light on and message said check for loose gas cap. Problem solved by replacing worn and deteriorating fuel pressure harness which is attached to the fuel pressure regulator. Does not require a mechanic to do really. GM part #2450-6640.
Gas Cap Loose, Check Cap Message AND Check Engine Light.
2004 Buick LeSabre120,000
i had the same issue and i wouldnt pass inspection because of it... i went to an auto repair and the guy said he had to suck the air out of my tank and never came on since and thats been like last November
2004 Buick LeSabre117,000
check engine light came on - took it in to mechanic - code indicated gas cap seal failure - new gas cap cured it for a month or so, now the error code is back and won't go away
that happened to me too but u can kinda fix it by disconnecting and reconnecting the negative battery cable. it resets the computer.
2005 Buick LeSabre102,000
Service engine soon light until gas cap is screwed on again.
2002 Buick LeSabre53,000
I cleaned the entire area around the gas cap, I had a hand vacume to suck any patricles up
2002 Buick LeSabre207,861
Check gas cap is on constantly
2004 Buick LeSabre46,790
THE GAS CAP WAS THE PROBLEM ALL THE TIME. i BOUGHT A REPLACEMENT COP AT pEP bOYS AND CHANGED IT MY SELF when I had the engine oil and filter changed. Wheeew! That problem went away. I previously heard horror stories about having to have smoke tests to find a system air leaks and several others which are HUGH money maker evaluations that draw the unsuspecting car owners to buy into these false claims. BUYER BEWARE!
2005 Buick LeSabre104,000
The check engine, and also the gas cap loose, indicators have come on in the last ten days or so. I haven't panicked so far since this is my fourth occurence. Being kinda ignorant I first took it to my friendly Buick dealer where I bought it used in October 2006, with 28000 miles on it. They were kind enough to diagnose the problem, for a whole bunch of money, & give me a new gas cap for about $500 or so. It took two trips. That lasted for about 11 1/2 months until, oops, here it is again. this time they only charged me about $150. They told me it went bad before the 1 year warranty period expired, but I had put 15000 miles on my car in the last year, so there was no warranty coverage. I guess those were 15000 really hard miles on that gas cap. Needless to say, I'm selling my Buick. I give up. I'm buying something made in Japan (or Korea) or wherever. This is just the short form of my Buick experiences. I never did tell you about my entire gear shift, linkage & all, falling apart. But for what it's worth, I'm outta here! See ya! Bob
bought car with 49kmi..within a month the check gas cap light came on , ended up reading poses and purchased a new cap -- light went off -- a month later it is back on..
Check engine light came on...the mechanic plugged the car into his diagnostic computer. According to the code, he said it's probably a problem with the gas cap. He replaced it...that fixed it.
2001 Buick LeSabre180,000
I have this same issue
2005 Buick LeSabre111,250
forgot to put gas cap back on when I left the gas station and while driving I noticed my Check Engine ligt was on. My mechanic check it out with his guage, reset the Check Engine light and told me to make sure I always put the gas cap back on and click it "Three 3 times" before I put the key back in the ignition. He told me "no charge, I'll get you next time". I tipped him a $5 and haven't had any problems since.
1998 Buick LeSabre194,500
Problem was intermittent check engine light coming on. Eventually found gas filler tube cracked. Replaced it. Everything OK now.
2000 Buick LeSabre130,000
light on, chevrolet dealer put on computer to find & they corrected it.
2000 Buick LeSabre124,000
Happens about once every couple weeks, will sometimes go off after I get gas but will sometimes stay on for weeks
2001 Buick LeSabre140,000
My car failed emis. So got a new gas cap discounted the battery for 5 min. Light went off. Drove for 40 miles did not come on. So i called to have reinspected he said i needed a 100 miles on i did light came back on. He said i need a smoke test.The collar of my gas filler does not have a collar would that be it.
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