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Old 08-07-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: FL
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My car is a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. It has about 142,000 miles on it. Just this past month, every time I go to get gas- at different stations, I can only get a little gas, and then it keeps stopping. Sometimes it stops after a dollar, sometimes after 3 dollars....it's a struggle to get $10! The gauge works fine- it goes up to the point it should go up for the amount of gas I get, and then it goes down in the correct amount of time for the gas I got. I don't have the money right now for a mechanic- within a month I will. Is there anything my husband, who has no skills as a mechanic, can look at into what the problem is?
Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Have you tried putting the nozzle in the slowest position? I had a car once that would shut off the pump unless it was filled slowly.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Walton County, GA
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Something is blocking the fuel flow and fuel is backing up to the nozzle tripping the venturi pump shut of switch on the gas pump nozzle. Not sure if its part of the evap system blocking it or not. Ive seen kinked fuel tank filler neck ( the tube that goes from the hole in the side of the car to the tank)
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Have you tried pumping more slowly?

My car actually is notorious for this, a lot of Porsches are well known for this. I hold the pump at a 90 degree angle, or even upside down, to fill the car up. If I do it the regular way, the pump shuts off, usually at about half a tank. No idea why, but it's fairly common. Try pumping slowly or tilting the nozzle to a 90 degree angle, if that works then I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Is this at a different station then usual, or happens everywhere? If this is a new problem, listen to blackhemi above.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Here
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Is the check engine/service engine soon light on?
Has the car recently gotten into any accidents?
Recent repair history?
Gas smell coming from under the car?
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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A temp fix may be to back the fuel nozzle out of the filler tube just a little bit. At some stations I have the same problem, but at most I do not.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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sometimes a vapor bubble builds up and causes this problem. you can try varying the angle which the nozzle goes into the filler neck, or try slowing down the fuel flow when you put the fuel into the tank. it seems like pumps are running a little faster these days than they used to.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Here
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As fast as they are, still should go fine given there are no problems.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:46 AM
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If you tend to wait until your tank is empty the main reason is with pumps that have the strict plastic collar around it they shut off if too much air is coming out of the tank and at the nozzle while the gas is going in. This is because it thinks the air is gas and they atre designed to prevent gas spills from topping-off and overfilling. You can just hold back the collar a little with your other hand although this requires some strength. Get your husband to do this; or fill your tank when it hits half full or find a gas pump that doesn't have the strict collar; but you might have to travel to a different state for that?
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