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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Odd Occurrence at the Gas Station

Mostly sunny 72 degree beautiful spring day so I took the Solstice out for some exercise. The low fuel warning light came on so I pulled in to the local Marathon gas station. Asked for a fill-up on pump #1 and gave 'em my credit card. Went to pump gas and the pump shut off almost immediately. Tried again with the same result. Couldn't put any gas into the tank. Went back inside and told the clerk that the low fuel light was on but it wouldn't take any gas. I managed to get $1.14 worth of gas into it. The clerk said they had the same problem with their KIA and it turned out to be a false alarm triggered by a faulty gas cap. He said to take it down to Autozone and they'd diagnose the problem for me. Autozone was 20 miles away and home was 5 1/2 miles. I went home. I had two five gallon gas cans on the front porch that were just filled up for use in my lawn tractor. I got my big funnel and a five gallon can and proceeded to pour all five gallons into my car ... the low fuel light went out.

Obviously the Solstice just didn't like the Marathon pump handle. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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Evap crap / charcoal canister.

If that isn't working correctly, the pump shuts off because it thinks that your tank is full. (Vapor feeds back up the filler neck.) Your hand-held cans don't care. There are a bunch of other threads here about that. It can be a PITA to fix depending on which component is failing.

(But, first try a different gas station. It could have been the pump!)
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The most common cause of the charcoal canister getting clogged is supposed to be topping-up the tank when filling, because that dumps liquid gasoline into the canister. There is also a solenoid valve that is supposed to open when the engine is shut off, and there have been reports of charcoal getting out of the canister and blocking the fuel line.

A guy on the Sky forum just had one replaced by his dealer for $2,000.

The official repair process involves removing the tank to get to it, but a way that takes rather less labor is to remove the trunk liner and cut the top off of the "mayan temple" to access it from the top.

The problem can be intermittent and raygun is correct that some pumps can be over-sensitive to backpressure.

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Did you try repositioning the pump handle? I've had the pump stop a few times on several different cars when putting gas in. I then remove the pump handle and repositioning it. So far that method fixes the problem.
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There is a thread with pics of the replacement.

Check the vent solenoid valve. It may have an issue

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The first time I gassed up after buying my Sol, I encountered the same thing. Never again since, though. I guess some pump handles are just finicky.

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I had a similar problem with a boat and it turned out to be a spider web in the vent.
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I have that problem with every car I own. All that happens is...If I put the pump all the way into the tank and squeeze the pump to fill on it's highest amount it will click off. I pull the pump nozzle out some then put it on half quickest and can fill both my Saturn and Jag up to full no problem.
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I had a similar problem with a boat and it turned out to be a spider web in the vent.
I recall that a Japanese brand car had a spider problem a few years back, too. I just can't recall the brand.

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I recall that a Japanese brand car had a spider problem a few years back, too. I just can't recall the brand.
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All valid possibilities for premature shut off.
But try a different pump before worrying much about any thing else.
Our durability test fleets logged thousands of fuelings yearly, and there are a ton of bad pump handles in use everywhere out there.

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Went to the local truck stop today and filled up with no issues.
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Went to the local truck stop today and filled up with no issues.
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