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Fuel cap key snapped off in lock

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Just had this happen! Luckily was filling up and had already opened one cap. So now both are unlocked but screw in OK and it doesn't seem like they could come loose. Has this happened to anyone and is it OK to leave them unlocked, or should I get this sorted out as soon as possible?

Thanks

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Richard. Early cars didn't have locking caps so probably it will be fine unlocked

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I have a similar issue (lost key) but a friend scared me of stories of people putting sugar in tanks „for a laugh“ 

Does anyone know if there is a source to replace locks (from an aftermarket cap perhaps) and secondly, do people really still do spiteful things like that?

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You can buy a new barrel and key off SJ for little money. Simply 2 crosshead screws on the back of the cap to remove and change the barrel.

Removing the cap on the otherhand with no key is another matter, folks have suggested in the past drilling out the barrel.

Try not to damage the fiberglass  cap, I think used ones are about 30 quid plus from Lotusbits. 

Have been tempted in the past to make a silicone mould of one and cast them inow resin as they are pretty basic design to cast.

 

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Thanks for the info. Mine are also unlocked so no need to drill. I also took them apart for painting already. As you say, very simple. I couldn’t find barrels and keys on .the SJ website. Only door lock barrels. Unless they are the same? I’ll give them a bell on Monday morning and ask. 

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