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Can't pump gas into tank when the outside temp is below freezing

When the outside temperature gets below freezing, I am not able to pump gas into the tank. The hose immediately shuts off as if the tank is full. If I park it in a warm garage for a while, then I can pump gas.

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That is an issue I have never heard before, but I would pour some gas line antifreeze into your tank. It sounds like you have some trapped water in the tank.

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