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Old 02-20-2014, 07:46 PM
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I found that if I turn it around 180 degrees so it basically fits backwards it seems to fit better.
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I found that if I turn it around 180 degrees so it basically fits backwards it seems to fit better.
That's how I had my original cap, as when turned backwards it slipped slightly under the plastic shroud that covers the top of the radiator. This helped to hold it closed as it never really snapped into place.

Got a factory replacement off an eBay Chrysler dealer for half the price of my local dealer. I had never noticed on my original one but, the replacement on has a flat spot on the ring that is suppose to hold it onto the filler neck. This flat is on the side with the hinge. The flat spot actually lines up with a lump on the filler neck. This bulge snaps to the flat, I don't remember my stock on doing this as it was very easy to turn it 180 degrees. With the new one snapped to the bulge the cap actually snaps onto the neck and seems fairly well secured.

I now wonder if my original one had the ring properly installed at the factory and was not allowing the cap to actually fit level on the neck. Because if the hinge was pushing the cap up it might be why it would not stay closed.
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That's how I had my original cap, as when turned backwards it slipped slightly under the plastic shroud that covers the top of the radiator. This helped to hold it closed as it never really snapped into place.

Got a factory replacement off an eBay Chrysler dealer for half the price of my local dealer. I had never noticed on my original one but, the replacement on has a flat spot on the ring that is suppose to hold it onto the filler neck. This flat is on the side with the hinge. The flat spot actually lines up with a lump on the filler neck. This bulge snaps to the flat, I don't remember my stock on doing this as it was very easy to turn it 180 degrees. With the new one snapped to the bulge the cap actually snaps onto the neck and seems fairly well secured.

I now wonder if my original one had the ring properly installed at the factory and was not allowing the cap to actually fit level on the neck. Because if the hinge was pushing the cap up it might be why it would not stay closed.
Seems a common problem. At first I had the dealer install a new one under warranty, and it didn't stay shut any better than the original. So like you, I just turned the cap around enough for the corner of the lid to be caught under the plastic fascia....no problem at all.
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Seems a common problem. At first I had the dealer install a new one under warranty, and it didn't stay shut any better than the original. So like you, I just turned the cap around enough for the corner of the lid to be caught under the plastic fascia....no problem at all.
Did you make sure they snapped the retaining ring to the filler neck. My original was easy to turn. Figure it must not have been snapped in place. This one with the retaining ring snapped in place does not turn easily.
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Did you make sure they snapped the retaining ring to the filler neck. My original was easy to turn. Figure it must not have been snapped in place. This one with the retaining ring snapped in place does not turn easily.
Yes, it appears that the yellow plastic ring on the bottom is securely down past the holding bulge in the filler neck. Neither the original cap's lid nor the replacement would ever stay closed on it's own. Mine does turn easily by hand, and just keeping the lid's corner tucked up under the plastic surround does the job quite well,....when I check the coolant level, I can hear and feel a good solid "snap" when I pop the lid now. While I have not seen many people complain about this issue, I still have to think that either Ram's QC tolerances or design in this area is flawed. I have a similar issue with the auto tranny dipstick,...even though I push it down fully, it still manages to work it's way back up a good half inch. The original dipstick would ride itself up and out to the point that I could see a tiny bit of the actual dipstick slide visible. After about 4 dealer replacements, I've come to the conclusion that this last one is the best that Ram is ever going to provide. The little cover at the top of the dipstick does sufficiently protect the tube opening enough to satisfy me. I'm guessing that the force of stiffness of the dipstick blade is just strong enough to overcome the somewhat of an S-curve located in the upper portion of the dipstick tube. No longer being a newbie chick anymore (unfortunately), and having owned 29 different autos and trucks so far in my lifetime, I think that these issues are not routine. Ram is a wonderful and innovative truck brand, but like other mfrs, all do not perform due diligence and follow up on everything. Nothing is ever perfect (even me, LOL)
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