MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - A leaky gas cap could cost a motorist a full tank of gas or as much as $200 every year. Plus, vapors from gas and diesel fuels contribute to the formation of ground level ozone.
If a gas cap is badly damaged, it will have a series of cracks in the seal. Sometimes it is because the car is older than 10 years, there has been a manufacturing problem, or there are no cracks and the cap still leaks.
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services tested gas caps around Lucas and Wood counties all summer and are offering free replacements for leaky caps.
Motorists can have the gas cap on their car, van or light truck checked at the True North/Shell station located at 298 W. Dussel Dr. from 2-4 p.m.
Testing takes only a few minutes. If a cap is leaky, it will be replaced with a new one on the spot.
"It's a free program, just takes a couple minutes of your time. So to save you potentially $100 to $200 a year in a couple of minutes, I think it's worth it," said David Gedeon, TMACOG transportation program manager.
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