Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car shuts down when i fill up the gas tank

asked by on

Every time i fill up my gas tank. My jeep patriots shuts down. Once i turn it back on i have to be pressing on the gas for about a minute and after that my jeep works fine.. i also have a check engine light

My car has 80000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The most common problem is the vapor purge ...

The most common problem is the vapor purge valve leaking vapor from the gas tank to the engine when it should be closed. The Check Engine Light is most likely on for a fuel tank vapor leak code. You should have the vent valve checked and replaced if it is leaking. This should correct the problem you are having. If you want to have this verified, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your Check Engine Light and let you know exactly what needs to be repaired.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: A/c blowing hot air, broken belt

A missing AC belt can certainly be the reason the AC is not working. The compressor needs to be spinning for the system to provide cold air. With no belt to connect the compressor to the engine, no cold air....

Q: Noise in engine - 1999 Jeep Wrangler

A clicking sound could be many things. However, a critical clicking noise may be an issue of low oil in the motor, which could cause the clicking sound you describe and would go away as the engine RPM's increase due...

Q: 2011 Jeep Patriot running rough

There are a lot of things that can do that. It's a Jeep. The first thing I would advise you to do is to have a mechanic like myself, or the guys from, come and analyze it, put on...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.