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Old 03-02-2008, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Most annoying car in the world to fuel up. There has to be something wrong with it. I'll try to describe it the best I can.

So, you know the safety measure fuel pumps have where they "click" off when the tank is full to prevent overflow? Yeah, well the taurus makes the pump think it's full every second. If you hold the pump wide open, it will shut off immediately. I can barely do 1/4 throttle on the pump, basically it takes 10 minutes to fill the tank, not to mention people thinking I'm retarded and don't know how to work the pump.

Please, don't say things like "you just have to find the sweet spot." Trust me, I've tried it at all angles, up, down, pushed in all the way, pulled out half way, pulled out most of the way, it doesn't matter, the thing still turns off. Most annoying thing in the world.

I suspect something is wrong with the gas tank filler neck, and it's not allowing fuel to enter the gas tank quickly enough, causing backup and ultimately shutting off the pump.

Is this a common problem, and is there a simple solution? Anything I should look at or try out?

Let me know, thanks.
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Old 03-02-2008, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you always use the same pump?

There is a pump at this Sunoco station that does that. It shuts off, turns back on, shuts off, turns back on, over and over and over.

Otherwise, I'd have to guess the valve in the tank (can't remember what the valve is specifically called) isn't allowing vapors into the EVAP system. If vapors fill in the tank they'll suddenly build pressure against the fuel pump and will trip the shut off. Are you getting any EVAP codes?
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Do you use fuel treatment? I've seen to many times people who add fuel treatments and the foil comes off, getting trapped in the filler neck. This prevents fuel from passing through easily, which will cause a problem just like yours. To check this you're going to have to remove the filler neck off of the tank.
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My girlfriend has the exact same problem but with her Mercury Mariner 2005 4cyl. This happens to any pump she goes to, and she has tried all angles. We feel it is something with her car.
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It is at every gas station.

there was only one time that it didn't do it, and that's because the person on the other side of the pump was pumping as well, reducing the overall pump speed on my end, so it was slower.

I haven't put any fuel treatment in. It's my dad's car that I'm using/may buy from him. How does a person remove the neck of the tank, does that require dropping the tank or can it be done easier?

I'm not getting any EVAP codes, but I don't know what those are either. No check engine light or dash light is on telling me anything so...
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You don't need to drop the tank to remove the filler neck. Not sure about the fourth generation, I'm assuming they're the same. There's a hose clamp on the hose, just remove that and the smaller one and then pull on the hose. If it's your father's car, then ask him if he's ever added fuel treatments to the car. It will at least point you in the right direction.
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I had to drop the filler neck on mine because of this. and sure enough there was a piece of foil in there from the previous owner.

It took maybe an hour to unbolt it, clean it and put it back in. Well worth it too. I hate those 15+ minute fill ups....
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I was having the same problem...so is my mom with hers. I put a bottle of heet in and so far it has stopped doing it on me. I actually was carded at Wal-Mart for that bottle of Heet.
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My experience is that there is a screen in the filler neck that catches all sorts of stuff that you don't want going through your fuel pump. If it isn't foil it could be something else stuck to that mesh screen.
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Thanks for all the tips guys, would anyone happen to have pictures or a how to on this? Even schematics or something? Something with more detail.

I'm sure he's put in some additives, he likes to do that especially in the winter.
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