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Re: Audi Gas Cap Woes...
I've had to deal with two Audi gas cap replacements. When I dropped
the cap for my '83 Quattro Coupe and broke it the new cap did not have
a lock cylinder installed, so I installed the cylinder from the old cap
and it worked fine (in fact the new cap came with a cylinder that could
have the tumblers set for an existing key). It certainly appeared to
me that the tank was properly sealed with the broken cap, all that is
lost is the fact that the cap can no longer be locked. On the '88 5000
I could hear vapors leaking around the lock cylinder, so I bought a new
cap. This cap came with a cylinder installed and a new key. I hack-
sawed up the old cap to try to extricate the cylinder and figure out if
there was a way to remove the cylinder from the new one. I was not able
to find a mechanism for removing the cylinder, so I now have 2 keys.
Since your car is an '87 it may be like the 5000, but if you're lucky
it may be like the '83 Coupe. You might ask the parts folks if they
know whether or not it comes with a key. Good luck!