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I have a 2004 Sable with the DOHC engine. I put gas in my car the other day and forgot the gas cap...the plastic tether broke. While driving to work today I finally realized when the check gas cap light came on I left my gas cap behind. I had to get to work today so I drove my car 100 miles with no gas cap. I live close to work but had to drive to work from far away today. I got a new gas cap and the light for the gas cap has not gone off yet. I have only driven the car about 5 miles since the new gas cap was put on. When will the gas cap light go out? Can I reset the gas cap light? Did I damage my car by driving with no gas cap?
 

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I have a 2004 Sable with the DOHC engine. I put gas in my car the other day and forgot the gas cap...the plastic tether broke. While driving to work today I finally realized when the check gas cap light came on I left my gas cap behind. I had to get to work today so I drove my car 100 miles with no gas cap. I live close to work but had to drive to work from far away today. I got a new gas cap and the light for the gas cap has not gone off yet. I have only driven the car about 5 miles since the new gas cap was put on. When will the gas cap light go out? Can I reset the gas cap light? Did I damage my car by driving with no gas cap?
Do you mean the Check Engine Light? I can't imagine it hurting the car.
 

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I have a 2004 Sable with the DOHC engine. I put gas in my car the other day and forgot the gas cap...the plastic tether broke. While driving to work today I finally realized when the check gas cap light came on I left my gas cap behind. I had to get to work today so I drove my car 100 miles with no gas cap. I live close to work but had to drive to work from far away today. I got a new gas cap and the light for the gas cap has not gone off yet. I have only driven the car about 5 miles since the new gas cap was put on. When will the gas cap light go out? Can I reset the gas cap light? Did I damage my car by driving with no gas cap?
Your car has a separate gas cap light and a check engine light.

The gas cap light is a reminder, not a real error code.

No harm done.

Only real harm will be shown by a blinking check engine light which is not related.

Happy motoring.

I have driven many rental cars that do not have a tether. No excuse for building cars without. They do break from time to time. I got one from Pick A Part but have not gotten around to putting it on my '03.

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The light will go out the nexttime the PCM runs the EVAP test and sees a sealed fuel system. this may take a few days depending on your type of driving. Fuel level between 85% and 15% and driving steady to limit fuel slosh in the tank will make the light go out faster.
 

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I believe that it takes 3 key cycles of a no fault for the PCM to clear a code on it's own.
 
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