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Fueling the 2003 ACCENT

The dealership told my husband it could be a valve leading to the charcoal cannister that is causing the problem with fuel not going in properly when adding gas, it constantly shuts off. Where is this valve and can my husband fix it it himself?

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I would start simple on this, depending on how many miles the vehicle has it could be a full fuel filter not allowing fuel through properly. A new filter should cost about $10 and is pretty simple to change. On the accents they are below the rear seat. Lift the rear seat up and it is right there. To relieve pressure open up the gas tank cap and leave it open. You can also pull the fuse for the fuel pump, start the car and let the car die. Bring some rags, and wear yellow gloves because there will be a slight amount of spillage. When taking the old filter out, make sure and note the top from the bottom and how it mounts in there. Put the new one in and make sure and clip the tiny connector back in. Also what I would suggest is AMOCO complete fuel system cleaner, running that through maybe a time or two. It is possible you have a bad valve somewhere but these simple things may cure your problem as well. Hope this helps.

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  • gofalcons Feb 16, 2009

    OK> I did some further checking about your problem and I can direct you to a site that has some information that may be useful for you. I used google and typed in the search term (accent canister close valve) carspace automotive forums was the 3rd page listed, don't know where it might come up for you. It is down towards the bottom of the page, but there is a listing there for gas tank fill problem and they go into some detail about the charcoal canister and the close valve. I hope this helps, I personally have not experienced the problem or ever changed one out so searching for the information and directing you in the proper direction is the best I can do. Thanks.

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In the feed pipe behind the plastic wheel arch trim,just take it out and join it up with a bit of rubber pipe

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