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    Help: Can't Pump Gas into the Tank

    Hi,

    Everytime I go to the gas station, the gas pump handle always clicks as if the tank is full. Different gas stations, the same result. I have to squeeze it a little, like only 5-10%. It's very annoying as pumping gas takes me FOREVER !!

    I'm assuming there's something wrong with the gas vents or something, causing back pressure to trigger the stoppage.

    what's the fix for this??

    the car in question:
    1999 1.8t manual wagon

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    yes, it's a problem like that, i recomend keeping your hand on the handle.

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    I've noticed that turning the pump handle to around 7 or 8 o'clock position allows you to pump without interruptions.

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    Dont put the gun in all the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yenou998 View Post
    I'm assuming there's something wrong with the gas vents or something, causing back pressure to trigger the stoppage.

    what's the fix for this??
    Something is obstructing your vent. There is a smaller pipe on most fuel tanks that is right next to the big filler hose. Go through this and see what's wrong. It might be kinked or damaged somehow. And yes, you might find yourself having to drop the tank, maybe.

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    I did a test a while back between an old gas station and a new one. At the old gas station I was able to stick the fuel nozzle all the way in and filled up fine without any interruptions. At the new gas station, I tried to stick the fuel nozzle all the way in as well, as soon as I started to fill up, the nozzle stopped, so I pulled the trigger again and it stopped again, so I just pulled the nozzle out a bit of the gas tank neck and continued to fill and was never interrupted again.

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    One solution has been discussed here:

    Strange problem while filling up the tank

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    I bouth my '01 new, and have always experienced this problem at some stations. At stations where htis happens, pulling out part way and/or setting the flow a notch or two below maximum help prevent the pump from shutting down. To some degree, it is the nature of Passats to be finicky at some pumps.

    If you've experienced these problems since you got the car, there's a good chance there is nothing wrong with the car.

    If this just started recently at stations where you could fill without a problem in the past, then it is likely one of the problems mentioned here or in the other thread.

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    Nice car by the way. I like the black rimmed, black bumper strip, dark tint look.

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    thanks to all... i'm gonna check for these things:

    a. a cracked hose in Evaporative System
    b. replace carbon canister
    c. the charcoal canister comes apart and flows forward to the N-80 valve under the hood
    d. loose "flap" in filler neck

    but...

    where is the carbon/charcoal canister ?
    where is the hose in the Evaporative System ?
    engine bay?




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    bumpino

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    Quote Originally Posted by yenou998 View Post
    here is the carbon/charcoal canister ?
    where is the hose in the Evaporative System ?
    engine bay?
    1. Driver's side wheel well. You must remove the liner to get to it.
    2. There's bunches of them. Main one leads from the charcoal canister to the engine compartment. There's a valve located above the air filter housing- the purge valve- that is part of this system. It ultimately leads to the intake manifold.

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