99 3.1L V-6 auto. When gas tank is newly filled, engine sputters like it is out of gas. Occasionally also stalls at stops signs, seems like no fuel. Most of the time it now runs like a champ. Same problem with 2 different engines, bad head gasket, go figure. One of the many shade tree mechanics who has looked at it says there is a vacuum line hanging loose over the fuel tank from some past owner's fuel pump replacement but he could not figure where it was supposed to attach either.
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How long ago did you have the engine tuned up? Could be that that the engine needs a tune up. If it was running fine and then all of a sudden it started running bad then it could be you purchased some gasoline with water in it. Don't buy gasoline if you see a gasoline tanker truck at the gas station and the tanks are being filled.. All that is happening is the gas going into the tanks is sturring up the dirt and debris in the tanks. Kind of like stirring kool-aid in a glass of water. Also worse is if the tanker truck is there and the tanks are being filled while its rainning or been raining all day with lot of nice water puddles were until the caps were removed to fill the tanks from the tanker and the water fell in the tanks. If its bad gasoline that is making your car run bad, you can buy an additive at the auto parts that you can pour in your gas tank to help burn the water out of the gas. Hope that all you need is the additive. Good luck.
I think you should head to a mechanic. Sounds like you got water in the fuel system. You could possibly resolve the issue by filling up with a fresh tank of gas, but that could also cause more problems if there is a lot of water in there already. I'd take it to a trusted mechanic.
i have ford focus ghia 2.0 2002 model and i have problem with the fuel pump sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.. when i fill the tank petrol pores out, the pipe next to the filter also comes out, how do i fix the problem?
Amanda: When was the last time the Gas Filter was changed? ...Also has the Distributor rotor been changed? The problem sounds like a clogged fuel filter...Changing the Rotor is a $5 good idea...See photos below...The filter and rotor can both be bought for $20...Once the filter is changed, i would suggest adding a can of SEAFOAM...Cost is $9 a can at most auto part stores...Pour it in the tank the next time you fill...It's an excellent internal cleaning product... Guru...Saailer
You should try a new fuel filter first.Also put gas line de-icer in your tank every time you fill it.One bottle per tank.If this does'nt fix your problem then have the tank removed and flushed out,allow it to dry before installing it back on.
Tell me when you fill up how far do you go before it stops,,then how far does it go the second time and the 3rd time ,,Do the times get longer each time,, if so then your problem isent a big deal.
The problem you might have is that the return fuel pipe from the engine returning fuel back in to the tank,, and the TANK breather pipe which has to let air in as you cannot take fuel out and not let air back in ,,so it causes a vacuum in the tank... So check the breather before any thing else .. OR dont fill it up any more than the first click of the pumps .
Let me know how you get on Ron
change plugs wires also .fill gas tank up put prestone or gum out fuel injector cleaner.drive car around several miles.give injector cleaner time to clean out injectors.wait until engine cool .change fuel filter.relief fuel pressure before changing fuel filter.
Hello tirckydad_4: If this problem begun, immediately after filling your gas tank, my first guess based on your description would be that you bought some bad gas. Try adding some fuel cleaner to your tank. This should help, but the only way to get rid of the bad gas is to use it, or siphon it out and put some gas in from a different gas station. As a tip, try to avoid filling up when you see a fuel tanker re-filling the tanks at the gas stations. Theory goes, then when the fuel tanker is re-filling, the gas station fuel tanks, it is sirring up old sediment that usually has settled at the bottom of the tank. Sediment that has been pumped into cars can cause cars to run sluggish.