Honda parts bin to the rescue

On my way home from Charlotte last night, at about 1:30 AM, I stopped for gas and made an embarrassing mistake. The fuel cap for the TSX is supposed to have a plastic tether to keep it with the fuel door, but mine was cut for some reason by a previous owner. I always set the cap where the windshield and trunk meet. Well, last night, I forgot to put the cap back on. I didn’t get a warning message until, oh, 50 miles later. (Fortunately, it’s just a message that says “tighten fuel cap” and not an actual CEL like older Hondas.) I pull off at the next exit and, sure enough, no fuel cap. I got home and looked up the part number, and the cap is the same as 2008-2017 Accords and some Civics, so instead of driving to the other side of Richmond to the Acura dealer I could just go to the Honda dealer near my house. (Local junkyards don’t have cars that are 10 years old or less, so that was out.) When I woke up this morning I called them to see if they had it in stock. I said it was for a 2009 Accord 4-door with a 4-cylinder and a manual.

Pictured: a 2009 Accord sedan with a 4-cylinder. But not a manual, because Japan.

They had it in stock, so I went and bought it. Saw some new Accords, which look quite decent with the black grille but not so much with the chrome one. The warning message is gone and I’m going back to bed.

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