My car will sputter sometimes right after I get gas, and ...

My car will sputter sometimes right after I get gas, and when I'm moving slowly it stalls out occasionally Mechanic's Assistant: Is the check engine light on? Does the car stall at idle or when driving? Yes the check engi...

My car will sputter sometimes right after I get gas, and when I'm moving slowly it stalls out occasionally Mechanic's Assistant: Is the check engine light on? Does the car stall at idle or when driving? Yes the check engine light comes on but it will go off too randomly Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car? It doesn't stall when idling all the time. It's happened twice but the car is kind of loud when idling It's an 06 kia spectra Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Spectra yourself? What have you tried so far? I bought it from an older lady that had it taken to kia frequently

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Hello Isaiah, your welcome. Nice to hear from you today! I'm sorry to hear you are having this problem. I know this can be frustrating. Does the stall out condition occur after you add fuel to the fuel tank as well as the sputtering or does the stall out condition occur randomly even without adding fuel to the tank?

I've only noticed the sputtering after I fill the tank all the way up. It almost sounds like the car is choking on the fuelThe car has only stalled when I was pretty near completely full too
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Thank you for your reply and that information as this does help me better understand the situation. Please give me one moment to type out some info for you. I’ll be right back! Thank you for holding Isaiah! Since this issue occurs when filling up the tank, this indicates that fuel is making its way into the fuel vapor line for the emissions system and is being sucked into the engine when it shouldn't be. This will cause the sputtering as well as the stall out condition to occur. This type of fault can be caused by a faulty evaporative emissions vent valve, canister, or purge solenoid acting up. Either one of these will cause this problem and the defective component has to be replaced to correct this issue. In order to pinpoint which component is at fault and to see if anything else is at fault needing to be repaired on your vehicle since the check engine light is on what needs to be done is to have a fully compatible scan tool plugged into your vehicle's data port that can read all of the computers in your vehicle to see if any fault codes are stored with this issue. Once this has been done, any codes that come up can then be diagnosed to help pinpoint and repair this issue. This will require the use of a high-end scan tool that can read all of your vehicle's computers. If you do not have a scan tool to check the fault codes yourself a shop or dealer can check the fault codes as well as diagnose the issue for about a 1-hour labor charge ( around $100 ). The cost to repair the problem varies as it depends on which component has failed that requires repair or replacement. A shop may have to perform what is known as an EVAP test to help pinpoint which component is acting up in need of replacement to resolve this issue as well.
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Would this also make the car loud or have an inconsistent sound while idlingNothing ever happens when the car is idling the frequencies just change and it gets loud
Automotive Expert
Usually, a loud sound from the exhaust or engine is caused by an exhaust component leaking under the vehicle. I recommend having the exhaust checked into for any damaged components that need to be replaced.

I assume that would make sense with the loud rumbling sound the car makes when I drive at low speeds. I never seem to have trouble when I'm going fast. It's when I'm driving in first gearWhen I'm running like 20 mph or less it's loud also
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A loud noise can be caused by an exhaust leak but there are other things that can also cause this noise like a bad wheel bearing that has to be replaced or worn engine mounts. The best thing to do is to have the vehicle inspected to identify the location of the noise itself so it can be repaired properly since I am unable to see the vehicle myself.
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