I have a very perplexing problem that has recently developed when I attempt to fill my car's gas tank (a 2001 Toyota Solara). I noticed that the gas pump at the station would shut off, as if the car is full, while I was still filling the tank. I have to pump the handle of the gas pump about every 10 seconds to get the car to fill completely. I have taken my car to several different gas stations and still have noted the problem.
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The breather tube for the tank might be clogged not letting the air out. so when you fill the tank the fill cant get in fast enough b/c the air is not excaping. check the breather tube for kinks or bends. or even blockage of somekind
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it evaporates normally on hot weather when not in use for long period of time but on cold weather i dont think it will evaporate that much.with 323 sometimes there is something wrong with the gas gauge..
There are always deposits inside the fuel tank. Usually, driving around with more than 1/4 tank slshes them around enough to keep them out of the fuel pump screen. But, when you run low on gas, the sediment gets sucked to the screen, and blocks your fuel flow. If the solara is built like most toyota cars, there will be an overhead access to the tank. This is located under the rear seat bottom. Remove the rear seat bottom by pulling up on the back of it first. then tilt the rear toward you and push the front of the seat about 1/4 inch backwards. This will disengage the front clips of the seat. there will be a little circular cover with 10 or 12 bolts under there. remove the bolts and lift the cover. Pull the assembly out. You have the fuel level and pump assembly in your hands. At the bottom is a little motor and a fine mesh screen. When clean, this screen is white. When dirty, its usually a brown-orange color. You can get this screen from autozone or advance.
The fuel filter on a 2002 Camry is an "In-Tank Filter". This means the filter is in the gas tank and is integrated with the fuel pump. In order to replace the filter, you must remove the tank and disassemble the fuel pump. Toyota's service schedule, which can be found at ToyotaOwnersOnline.com, does not list the fuel filter replacement through 120K miles (as high a the schedule goes). Thank you for using Fixya and hope this helps.
The PCV and the fuel filter replacements are not going to increase you fuel mileage. What you should really consider is getting some good fuel injection cleaner into the tank, and get an "induction system cleaning". Those two items alone will address most of your mileage issues. The PCV does nothing for mileage, nor does the fuel filter. Also, for maximum fuel mileage, you should have the correct sparkplugs from Toyota in your car. "Aftermarket" plugs doe not perform very well at all.
I also notice this on my tiburon 2001, I find out that for a reason if I leave the keys in the contacts (even only at accessories), the problem occurs, but if I completly remove the keys while fillng the gas, no problem at all...