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I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber with 50k+ miles on it. This morning the "Gascap" message popped up, which according to the internet means that there is an emissions leak in my fuel system somewhere, either from the cap not sealing or something somewhere else. From what I have seen online, this is an incredibly common problem for post-2006 dodges. Nowhere online seems to answer a few big questions I have though:
1) Is having an emissions leak or slightly loose gascap notably dangerous? What is actually happening here and should I stop using my car?
2) How much should I look to pay for the repair? From what I've seen online, all of the parts are fairly cheap (Gascaps are about $20, the emissions checking dohickey is about $15), how much should I expect labor to be at a local mechanic? Is this doable by a layman?
3) A ton of places have said that this is a sort of problem that doesn't fix even with new parts, and keeps popping up. Does anyone have experience with this trouble?
Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
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