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Gas pumps continuously cuts off during fill-up

Every time I fill up my Volvo S40i at every station I've been to the pump will constantly cut off during fill-up. I've tried pulling the nozzle further out of the gas tank and pushed it in as far as possible (and yes moved the nozzle in every other possible direction, even turning the nozzle upside down), but the pumps still cut off and will never continuously fill the car. Any help?

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  • daveisd1 Feb 11, 2009

    I have the same problem. 02102009

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    same problem with 2005 Audi S4, which started a few months ago/

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    i have same problem on 99 hyundai accent. i was told its the vent hose on tank. wheres the vent hose? it will click after every $.15 put in, its annoying and time consuming.

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I had a similar problem with my 1999 S80. Give this a try. You don't need any mechanical experience. At no point will you come into contact with any gasoline. This is a five minute fix if it's what I think it is.
Background: when you gas up your car, it goes down a tube to the gas tank. There is a vent on that tube to let off gas fume pressure that can build up in the tank. If the vent gets clogged pressure builds up in the tank. Modern gas pumps shut off when that pressure comes back up the tube from the tank. I think if you clean out the vent with a Q-tip you'll solve your problem. At least, it worked for me.

  1. Get a flashlight and some Q-tips (I suppose anything long and pokey will do).

  2. Go to where you put the gas in (you don't need to open to door or take the gas cap off).

  3. Crawl under the car behind the tire and look up with the flashlight to about where you'd put the gas in. You should see something like the picture below (taken from my 1999 S80). Note that at the end of the red arrow, you can look up inside the tube a bit? When I was having this problem I could only see what looked like white cotton inside the tube. It turns out it was an old spider's nest. The spider was long dead from the gas fumes, but his nest made it impossible for me to fill up my car!

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    (fig. 1 - a vent for the tube that leads to your gas tank)

  5. Place a Q-tip in the hole indicated by the red arrow. Swirl it around a bit. You shouldn't have to jam it or be very forceful. The Q-tip should remove any blockage.

    I suppose it's possible that when you open the blockage some gas fumes will vent out, so don't be smoking while you do this :) Now that I've said this, to be super-duper safe why not do this outside away from any chance of open flame.

  6. Go gas up your tank and see if it works. It did for me.

Good luck!

Posted on May 29, 2010

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    Robert Winter Jun 08, 2015

    Thanks so much! I had a similar sounding problem with my Volvo S60. Following your advice I crawled under with a Q-tip, saw the same looking vent as in your picture. Using the Q-tip a spider dropped out. Cleaned it out as best I could. Went to the gas station - problem resolved! I filled up my tank.

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Hello !!
The main problem is that you don´t get air out of fueltank.
It is 4 things that create this problem.
Evap valve in fueltank,
Fuel in canister,
House between fueltank and canister is damage.
House between canister and fillercap.
Loose house connetion at fueltank ,(house between fueltank and canister)
Look fore damage att house or fuel in house.
Fill up car with fuel without connect house , if i´ts OK you have damage in canister or house between canister or fillercap, if not you have problem with the valve in fueltank.

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There is a anty theft screen in the line to stop people from stealing your gas there may be a clog in the screen .

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My 2007 Volvo S40 has done this as well as some of my other vehicles. All I do is stick my finger in the gas hole, vent the pent up fumes and resume pumping gas. So far it has worked every time.

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Same issue with my '08 Volvo. It has been in for service on this 4 times and still happens. Gas tank has been replaced. hoses checked, everything. If you find a solution from Volvo, post it here.

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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Have the same problem with a 2002 focus all I do is squeeze the pump half way and pump slower otherwise it kicks out every 2 seconds no matter how you have the nozle in

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 volvo v70 xc gas tank

Option 1 the easiest way is to jump the fuel pump relay with the fuel feed line at the engine disconnected from the engine and connected to some sort of catch basin (bucket, gas can, etc.) this allows you to use the vehicles fuel pump to drain the fuel. All you have to do is find the fuel pump relay, then jump the positive side (key off) to power to make the fuel pump run, use that to pump all the bad fuel out.

Option 2 is to remove the filler neck and check valve from the tank (a real pain on that car)

Option 3 is to remove and drain the tank... this is the most costly and time consuming option as the alldata labor guide quotes 8 hours labor time.. so i would advise option 1


As for damage to the vehicle/engine that is always possible with a contaminated fuel, my advice would be just to get the bad fuel out as soon as possible, get good gas in it and give it a try.

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SOURCE: volvo will not start, no fuel pump sound

in fact my car has done this .pull out fuse cover .under the radio reach in and push the large black relay down lower dash lights will come on now turn the key.

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SOURCE: 2002 Volvo S60 AWD Fuel door won't open

It more than likely may be the fuel pump. My girlfriend recently had the same problem with her S60 I came across a recall for the fuel pump. I took it by the dealers and they took care of it free of charge. The only negative thing I guess is that they kept it for a few days. 

Posted on May 20, 2009

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