Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue on Oldsmobile Alero

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 136,025 (108,000–175,000)
6 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004
26 people reported this problem
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my check engine light came on saying due to gas cap and it would go away every time i tightened it, but as it turned out this was actually the beginnings of my fuel pump going out and causing low gas pressure.
I had the check engine light come on. My husband took it to an auto shop and the manager asked him if we filled up with gas, which we did. The manager of the shop went out and twisted the gas cap and said that the light would go off soon. The check engine light did go I make sure that I twist the cap several times after filling up with gas. I have not had any problems since then. The best part is that this auto shop did not charge me a penny and knew what the problem was without hooking it up to machines. This auto shop now has all my business, for I know they will not take advantaged of me.
I think this might be the issue for me too. Had the service engine soon light come on unexpectedly too. Googled it and found this page. Checked the gas cap and I apparently hadn't put it on correctly last time I filled up. Tightened it (3 clicks!) and will hope that fixes it!