Q: Gas tank won't fill all the way up

asked by on

It fills to about half full and stops - the automatic pump stop kicks in like it is full. I have to pull the nozzle all the way out and manually just barely allow any gas flow to go into the tank. It takes about 10-15 minutes to fill the tank. Oh and I have tried many different stations/pumps - makes no difference. Any ideas on what is causing this odd behavior?
My car has an automatic transmission.

If your vehicle was built before 4-6-2005 the manufacturer has a revised fuel tank to help with this issue. If you try and fill your fuel tank slower you will have less problems. Your tank has problem when using a fill pump that may have higher pressure than another station. If you decide not to get the tank changed to the newer style all you have to do is take your time and go slow to fill the tank. Make sure you do not fill until the fuel comes out of the fill neck. Just fill until you cannot fill any more. You may get the handle to kick off a few times and this is okay. Let the fuel settle for a few seconds and try again.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Gas tank won't fill all the way up

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: 2001 mercury mountaineer Shifted hard then 4wd low light came on and didn't want to go no power and barely moved

Hi Moo. Thanks for contacting us today. It is possible that an inner transmission failure has occurred, or perhaps (and more likely) that an issue with the differential is the source. The best way to determine what is causing the...

Q: I believe my serpentine belt is split, do I need to replace my alternator if it won't crank?

If your serpentine drive belt broke or is damaged then you will need to find out if one or of your accessories are seized or damaged. If engine does not turn over then you may have a dead battery from...

Q: When I start up my car, it makes a rattling noise that continues as I drive.

Hi there. This is a common problem with your car. It is a timing chain problem. The timing chain wears out and stretches causing this. It requires that the front timing cover be removed and all of the timing components...

Related articles

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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.