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How much does it cost to replace a fuel filler cap?

The average gas cap replacement cost is $29—parts cost an average of $17, while labor costs around $12. However, this is just an estimate—the exact cost to replace your fuel filler cap may vary depending on your vehicle’s make and model.
How long does it take to replace a fuel filler cap? A certified mechanic can replace your fuel filler cap in about 0.1 hours hours. It’s a process that involves installing a new cap on your gas tank. The mechanics will open the fuel access door to inspect the gas cap and fuel inlet tube. If it’s damaged or has failing seals, they’ll remove it and install a new one.
Here’s an overview of the fuel filler cap replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 14, 2024
Lexus GS
$21
$9
$12
0.1 Hours
May 13, 2024
Isuzu NPR
$19
$9
$11
0.1 Hours
May 7, 2024
GMC Sierra 1500
$20
$9
$11
0.1 Hours
May 7, 2024
Hummer H3
$22
$9
$13
0.1 Hours
May 5, 2024
Honda Passport
$23
$9
$14
0.1 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for a fuel filler cap replacement and how much do those parts cost?

Whether your fuel filler cap was damaged or lost, replacing it is simple—and it’s usually the only part you’ll need to replace. 
You may also need some basic tools, including:
  • Wrench set
  • Flashlight
  • Flat tip screwdriver
  • Fuel resistant gloves
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Safety glasses
  • Torques bit set
If you need to replace your gas cap, call an automotive body shop and explain your vehicle has a fuel filler cap problem. Describe any trouble with pressurization, re-screwing the cap, etc. Ask for a fuel filler cap replacement and note the make and model of your vehicle.
Replacing your fuel filler cap won’t cost you an arm and a leg—the average cost is between $13.10 and $16.01. However, labor costs can tack on quite a bit extra.
Keep in mind that if your vehicle is still under warranty from your dealership, the replacement may be covered. If you do need to purchase the part, we recommend going to a local auto parts store like Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, or NAPA Auto Parts. For Fuel Filler caps, the three brands we recommend are Stant, ACDelco, and Motorcraft. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
When it comes to replacing your gas cap, you have two options: OEM caps or aftermarket caps. Generally speaking, there’s not a huge difference between the two, but there are some advantages to buying an OEM fuel filler cap:
  • Proper dimensions and fitment for your vehicle make and model
  • Correct thread size
  • Made with high-quality materials
  • Proper seals that maintain vacuum
Although an OEM fuel filler cap may cost slightly more, you risk fewer problems. Plus, they’re widely available from auto parts stores like Advance Auto Parts, and dealerships, or online through sites like Amazon and RockAuto.
Most fuel caps are designed for a universal fit—they will work for any car or SUV, but there may be some exceptions. Generally, fuel caps have a diameter of 55-57 mm or 58-60 mm, including the threads. Before buying a new fuel filler cap, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to confirm the part number and sizing.

Where can I get my fuel filler cap replaced?

Replacing your fuel filler cap isn’t difficult, but for non-car-savvy people who aren’t looking for a DIY project, finding an auto repair shop to do the job can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
makes things simple! You can compare repair service rates from over 2,500 reputable auto shops across the country in seconds.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from repair shops using their actual hourly labor rate. You can also find out if you need to leave room in the budget for diagnostic fees and read actual reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare repair costs in your area.
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
address
189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Fuel Filler Cap Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$100
(Parts - $15, Labor - $85)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
164 Reviews
Full Service Master Car Care, LLC
address
1021 Patricia Dr, San Antonio, TX
Fuel Filler Cap Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$125
(Parts - $15, Labor - $110)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$110
173 Reviews
Herald's Garage Inc
address
8124 Alondra Blvd, Long Beach, CA
Fuel Filler Cap Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$110
(Parts - $15, Labor - $95)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
171 Reviews
City Tire Co., Inc. - Worcester
address
451 Southbridge St, Oxford, MA
Fuel Filler Cap Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$120
(Parts - $15, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$80
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my fuel filler cap?

Replacing the fuel filler cap is a simple process that a mechanic can do quickly. If you need yours replaced, here are the steps a mechanic will take:
  1. Open the fuel access door to inspect the gas cap and fuel inlet tube. Check the cap for cracks or failing seals.
  2. If the cap is defective, the mechanic will remove it. Sometimes, it simply needs a good cleaning.
  3. The mechanic will install a new fuel filler cap. The replacement cap must be a perfect match to the size of the original part, or else the seal will not work.
  4. After installing the new part, your mechanic will close the access door and test for success.

What happens if I don’t replace my fuel filler cap?

While not changing or replacing your fuel filler cap isn’t likely to cause damage to your engine or cause a fuel leak, driving without one is not recommended. Most cars have a flapper valve to prevent fuel from leaking out of the tank, but the gap cap also protects against mud or dirt particles entering your gas, which can damage the engine if left open.

What is a fuel filler cap?

The fuel cap, also called the fuel filler cap or gas cap, is a small plastic or metal part that sits at the top of the gas tank and secures its entry. It’s designed to seal a vehicle's fuel tank to prevent fuel from evaporating or spilling out and keep contaminants, such as dirt and dust, out of the fuel tank. All of this helps to maintain the integrity of the fuel system and prevent engine damage. A tight seal on the gas cap also ensures the fuel tank can pressurize properly.
Depending on your vehicle's make and model, your fuel cap may have a locking mechanism, which requires a key or combination to open.

How do I know if my fuel filler cap needs replacing?

If you don’t notice any physical damage to your fuel filler cap, there are some common symptoms to keep an eye out that suggest it might need replacing:
  • Cap is not tightening properly
  • Fuel smell in the car
  • Check engine light illuminates
  • Threads on the cap are stripped
  • Gasket of the cap is split or missing
  • Cap has a crack
Inspecting your fuel filler cap regularly can help catch issues before they arise.

How often should you change your fuel filler cap?

Good news for drivers looking to
save money on car expenses
—you don’t have to change your fuel filler cap unless there’s a problem (it’s damaged or stolen). 
While there’s no set interval for replacing your fuel filler cap, some mechanics suggest that the gap cap will last up to 50,000 miles before needing a replacement to prevent wearing and maintain a tight seal. But if properly cared for, it could last longer.
When servicing your car, ask your mechanic to inspect your fuel filler cap to ensure no damage.

Can I replace the fuel filler cap myself?

If you want to cut your car repair costs, consider changing your fuel filler cap at home. With a few simple tools, the replacement is easy. But if you’re not comfortable performing the replacement, call your local mechanic and leave the job to a professional.

FAQs

No, not every fuel filler cap is the same! Depending on your vehicle's make and model, your gas cap could be slow-release or cap-less. However, the fuel filler caps for all types of cars are replaceable, but you’ll want to check your owner’s manual before buying a replacement to ensure it’s compatible with your vehicle.
In most cases, you won’t need to replace your fuel filler cap unless you notice an issue; it’s not something with a set replacement interval. However, since the gap cap is used frequently, it may begin to wear and eventually need to be replaced. Most gas caps can last up to 50,000 miles, but some may last more or less depending on how often it’s used and how well it’s cared for.
Yes, installing a new fuel tank cap can improve fuel economy, although likely only by a small amount. It’s estimated that more than 17% of vehicles on the road in the US have fuel filler caps that are damaged, loose, or missing altogether, leading to an estimated 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year. Plus, having a loose or improperly fitting cap in the fuel filler neck can reduce fuel efficiency by roughly 2.0 mpg and prevent you from passing your emissions testing.

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