Yes it definitely could, but I wouldn't assume this is the issue. I would take it to an ASE certified shop or dealership and have them scan the computer for a trouble code to see what the issue is. It could be something really simple, or it could be a major issue. If you let it go undiagnosed, you could be driving a car with a potential safety issue.
〉 Answered on Nov 29th, 2010 by Breanne Boyle, Contributing Editor at AskPatty.com
Yes it could be that, or the gas cap might not be on tight enough. if adjusting the gas cap doesn't solve the problem, you may just need the light sensor reset by your mechanic.
〉 Answered on Nov 29th, 2010 by Colleen McGee, Driving Instructor at Americas Driving School
Yes, it can be your gas cap. Make sure you have it screwed on tightly. As my son found out with his Chevy Cobalt, it might just be a short in the light!
〉 Answered on Nov 29th, 2010 by Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA)
Yes, but a loose gas cap is much more common. Stop by an Advance Auto or AutoZone and find out the diagnostic trouble code (DTC) that has triggered the check engine light to come on. Finding out the DTC is a free service offered by these auto parts chains. If the check engine light starts flashing, DO NOT drive the car more than necessary to get safely off the road and have it towed to a repair shop. A flashing check engine light means that damage will occur to the emission system if you continue driving.
〉 Answered on Dec 6th, 2010 by Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc.