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Hello All! Yesterday after a 45 min ride on my 2013 Can am RT; and a 30 min rest my wife and I started home. Within 10 sec of starting the engine and shifting from reverse to forward a very loud backfire sound came from under the seat. Neighbor came out from within their houses!. A bit of smoke, and a light spread of warm liquid shot out from under the seat and hit my left calf. The trike of course shut off and I turned off the key, too. An odor of burn rubber and exhaust was briefly in the air. Very shocking! Looking under the seat the gas cap had been blown in half with the top half well off its place and the bottom half still on the gas tank. After a few minutes I tried to start the trike and it kicked over and ran a few seconds...as if a little gas had been put in carburetor and quickly used up, and the engine failed to stay on. This happened a couple of times before a gave up. The bike was fully serviced about 3 weeks ago. There is normal oil level on the dip stick still. I needed to get the trike towed to a dealer who is not open until Tuesday. This happened Sunday and it now Monday 2/15/21. What happened and what am I in for.... any guesses.???? Anyone experienced this too!!
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I also wanted to say I just filled an empty gas tank with the usual 93 octane gas ast my normal stop and added a measure gas stabilizer as we will be leasing Florida for a few weeks.
 

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This should be an interesting "adventure".
I wish I could offer something that would help.

My only wild guess is that what you think is gas stabilizer really is not.......and is something like nitro-methane. :oops:

About the only thing that would blow back that much pressure into the gas tank is a failed intake valve......and even that shouldn't do it.

Please come back and let us know how this turns out.
 

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The 2013 RT is known to have a heat problem under the bodywork. It may be possible that the gas got so hot and expanded causing enough of a pressure buildup in the tank to cause the cap to blow.

There was a recall for that heat problem, do you know if your Spyder got that recall done.
 

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I am also super curious to hear what the culprit ends up being. I have never heard of that kind of pressure build up where a fuel cap gets blown apart. Be interesting to know if your gas tank was also damaged.
 

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I am also super curious to hear what the culprit ends up being. I have never heard of that kind of pressure build up where a fuel cap gets blown apart. Be interesting to know if your gas tank was also damaged.
My personal suspicion is that there is some faulty wiring in the gas tank. In my opinion there was a small ignition incident and as the tank was full, the volume of oxidizer(air) was low so there was a minimal yield.
I personally would disconnect the battery and call the dealer and complain like the dickens to have them have a closer look.

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Hello All! Yesterday after a 45 min ride on my 2013 Can am RT; and a 30 min rest my wife and I started home. Within 10 sec of starting the engine and shifting from reverse to forward a very loud backfire sound came from under the seat. Neighbor came out from within their houses!. A bit of smoke, and a light spread of warm liquid shot out from under the seat and hit my left calf. The trike of course shut off and I turned off the key, too. An odor of burn rubber and exhaust was briefly in the air. Very shocking! Looking under the seat the gas cap had been blown in half with the top half well off its place and the bottom half still on the gas tank. After a few minutes I tried to start the trike and it kicked over and ran a few seconds...as if a little gas had been put in carburetor and quickly used up, and the engine failed to stay on. This happened a couple of times before a gave up. The bike was fully serviced about 3 weeks ago. There is normal oil level on the dip stick still. I needed to get the trike towed to a dealer who is not open until Tuesday. This happened Sunday and it now Monday 2/15/21. What happened and what am I in for.... any guesses.???? Anyone experienced this too!!
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Rob F
A friend of mine had a 2013 RT with the problem of the gas heating up. He stopped for gas on a long trip and had a hard time getting the gas cap to release. When it finally released the gas shot out and he got a face full of gas. Brought it to the dealership in Louisiana and they couldn't find any problem after having the bike all day. None that they would admit to anyway. Happened again on the way home to Florida. He traded the bike in a week later. Very dangerous. I'd like to know what you find out.
 
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