Vehicles That Fail the Gas Cap Pressurization Test
Ohio E-Check will replace faulty or missing gas caps, free of charge, with new functional caps for vehicles subject to the vehicle emissions testing program in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties.
A missing gas cap or one that does not seal properly permits hydrocarbons to escape from the vehicle's gas tank. A faulty gas cap can allow up to 22 gallons of gasoline to evaporate into the air each year, costing motorists money and polluting the environment. Hydrocarbons contribute to ground-level ozone pollution commonly referred to as smog. Smog is unhealthy for anyone to breathe, but especially troublesome for senior citizens, children and people with respiratory or heart conditions.
"By providing free gas caps at E-Check stations, we can remedy most gas cap issues on the spot, saving motorists a return trip and immediately improving air quality," according to Bob Hodanbosi, Chief of the Division of Air Pollution Control at Ohio EPA.
The gas cap replacement program is a motorist convenience that reaps immediate benefits in terms of emissions reductions by shortening the time that vapors can escape from a gas tank. Gas caps distributed at E-Check testing locations will fit approximately 90 percent of all cars tested. If a vehicle has a unique gas cap that is not stocked at the testing location, the motorist will receive a $5 gas gift card - the approximate equivalent to the cost of a replacement gas cap.