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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-05-2016, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Help i cannot get my gas cap off!

i just bought my first bike on Tuesday and i went to put some gas in it and the cap will not come off. it seems the key is working fine. it feels as if it wants to come off or only half of the cap is unlocking when the key is turned. i have jiggled it beat on it and worked it for hours and i just cant get it unstuck any help or tips is greatly appreciated. it is an 07 kawasaki Vulcan 900 custom
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-05-2016, 12:08 PM
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The first thing to try, if you haven't already, is to turn the key and then push down on the cap, don't try to pull it up. Often times these gas tank caps open if you just push down. You want to avoid pulling on the key as that's how the keys get bent and ultimately broken.

If that doesn't work, you might consider just consulting with a locksmith. With the key not stuck in the lock, they might be able to get it unstuck so that you can use the gas tank. Then depending upon what the state of the lock is they can either replace it or just maintain it. But, if the key gets stuck in the lock or if they can't get the lock open, the only way to replace the lock is to drill it out and that's problematic.

EDIT: I guess one other thing to check is that the vents aren't clogged. If the fuel tank vents are clogged and the temperature has dipped you might find that the tank is being held closed by air pressure. That's especially problematic if the tank is nearly empty.
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