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Cannot freely pump gas into my 2000 ford taurus

When pumping the pump clicks as if the car is full of gas. it takes me about 15min to fill my car up i have to squeeze the handle on the pump half way for it to go in freely please help. plus the gas gauge dosen't work it stays on full.

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Hello and welcome to FixYa!, you have a restriction in the vent system of the vehicles evaporarive emissions system, which monitors fuel system concerns that maybe harmful to the atmosphere. Normally the excess pressure built up in the fuel tank while refueling is funneled out through a vent hose to the atmosphere, but the hose over time gets clogged with debris, and sometimes even spider webs, that cause a blockage/ restriction that will not allow proper venting of the system. You should bring the car to the dealer for proper diagnosis by a factory trained technician who is familiar with this system. As far as the guage, the most likely suspect is the fuel tank sending unit, and that can also be tested at the dealer.

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The gas guage is a seprate problem, the gas fill hose may have a sharp ben in the hose or kink, the gas pump hase a shut off valve that shuts off the pump if gas does not flow freely ie:blockage or full tank, I would visualy inspect the filler hose from the gas cap to the tank for again sharp bends or kinks, if the filler hose is in anyway restricked the pump may asume the tank is full.
the gas guage: is usualy a simple flot on a rod in the tank (like a toilet tank has) instead of opening or closing a valve it operates a "potentiometer" veriable position sensor (kind of like a dimmer switch).
if the float gets stuck the guage will stay in that position, the guage gets the signal via the wire harnes, so check the electric circit.
A trick I used on one of my jeeps (I removed the guages ) I filled the tank, reset the trip odometer to zero, put a jeerycan and a couple gallons of gas in the jeep, then drove normaly a week or so till I ran out of gas. wrote down the mileage on the trip odometer. gerrycan gas got me to the gas station.
divided the mileage by half. I fill up the tank all the way the reset the trip odometer to zero, when I reach the half mileage of the tank I fill up again and repeat

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