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Fuel tank shuts off long before tank is full

When pumping gas, pump shuts off as though tank is full, even when it can't even be close to full; problem started suddenly and happens every time, accepting just a few dollars worth of gas even when the tank is probably less than a quarter full; any idea what's going on?

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  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    when pumping gas it will only let me put in about 2 dollars at a time. it keeps clicking off

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The vent tube that runs beside the filler hose is crimped shut or clogged

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