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Can't fill up car tank with gas, what's wrong?

bestdeal 678 December 21, 2008 at 04:42 PM
Recently I can't fill up gas into my car. Every few seconds during the gas filling, I hear the click, even when the tank is empty.Frown

The car is 7-year-old and made by Toyota.

Anyone here can provide some advice?
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Quote from bestdeal View Post :
Recently I can't fill up gas into my car. Every few seconds during the gas filling, I hear the click, even when the tank is empty.Frown

The car is 7-year-old and made by Toyota.

Anyone here can provide some advice?
I'm no car expert, but maybe it was just a bad gas pump nozzle. Did you ever get stuck with a really slooowwww one.......? EEK! not fun!
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gas at the gas station was low?
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Yeah I agree..have you tried a different gas station?
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Most gas pumps have a safety thing to prevent / reduce vapors from spewing out while tanking up. Some pumps are really picky about how you insert the pump into your gas tank (on some you need to push down). My bet is that you just didn't have a good "seal" and this safety feature kicked in and shut the pump off.
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I always fill gas in one Shell gas station near my home.

I will try another one next time.

I tried to have it checked by Toyota dealer last week, but they asked for $75 just for the inspect.
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I hope it is as simple as the gas pump.

I had a similar situation a last summer - everyone thought I was crazy when I said the pump kept clicking off even though my tank was empty. I tried several different pumps with the same result. I was able to fill it a few drops at a time (since it kept clicking off) - just enough to not run out of gas.

Took my car to Mazda and they couldnt find anything wrong, but it still wasnt fixed. Took it back to Mazda - they had to pull the gas tank - come to find out mud daubers had built a nest in the neck of the gas tank which was preventing it from venting properly and causing the gas pumps to think it was already full - they replaced it and all was fine. Technician said he had never seen anything like that. Thank goodness I was still under warranty - it didnt cost anything to get it fixed.
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I hope it is as simple as the gas pump.

I had a similar situation a last summer - everyone thought I was crazy when I said the pump kept clicking off even though my tank was empty. I tried several different pumps with the same result. I was able to fill it a few drops at a time (since it kept clicking off) - just enough to not run out of gas.

Took my car to Mazda and they couldnt find anything wrong, but it still wasnt fixed. Took it back to Mazda - they had to pull the gas tank - come to find out mud daubers had built a nest in the neck of the gas tank which was preventing it from venting properly and causing the gas pumps to think it was already full - they replaced it and all was fine. Technician said he had never seen anything like that. Thank goodness I was still under warranty - it didnt cost anything to get it fixed.
ugh..had to google it...you could have just said wasps vomit

...they kind of creep me out..you know...with their ability to..instantly kill..hoping that is not your issue OP..I would be freaked out if there was a nest of wasps in my car..
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Make sure you are putting the nozzle in correctly making the seal over the hole.

I had this happen at some gas stations, but I know how much gas fills my tank so I just held down the pump until I got to however many gallons.

Also Dealers are never a slick deal.
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I've found out that if you only put the nozzle half way in when the tank is near empty that it won't click off as much.
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ugh..had to google it...you could have just said wasps vomit

...they kind of creep me out..you know...with their ability to..instantly kill..hoping that is not your issue OP..I would be freaked out if there was a nest of wasps in my car..
To be fair, I knew exactly what GirlRacer meant.
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To be fair, I knew exactly what GirlRacer meant.
laugh out loud Yeah I knowand I'm sure other people did too..I'm just over-generalizing..I don't see too many wasps in my area so I don't know all of their classifications Smilie
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This sounds like a venting issue in the tank. With the vapor recovery systems now in gas pumps they provide a tight seal . If the car tank doesnt vent properly it will provided to much back pressure and trip the fill sensor in the nozzle. I would look for a collapsed rubber hose on the fill neck (between the tank and the fill opening under the car.It could also be a purge vent valve on the tank.
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I tried fill my tank in Exxon this morning, same issue.

Looks like the problem is in my tank.

Quote from GirlRacer View Post :
I hope it is as simple as the gas pump.

I had a similar situation a last summer - everyone thought I was crazy when I said the pump kept clicking off even though my tank was empty. I tried several different pumps with the same result. I was able to fill it a few drops at a time (since it kept clicking off) - just enough to not run out of gas.

Took my car to Mazda and they couldnt find anything wrong, but it still wasnt fixed. Took it back to Mazda - they had to pull the gas tank - come to find out mud daubers had built a nest in the neck of the gas tank which was preventing it from venting properly and causing the gas pumps to think it was already full - they replaced it and all was fine. Technician said he had never seen anything like that. Thank goodness I was still under warranty - it didnt cost anything to get it fixed.
What cause they enter into the tank?

Will tank cleaner work here?
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I've found out that if you only put the nozzle half way in when the tank is near empty that it won't click off as much.
Seconded.
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