Question about 1998 Ford Contour
Ford Contours have a cheap plastic "flapper valve" at the bottom of the filler neck which supposedly prevents fuel from sloshing back up the neck while fueling. This valve is useless and was never lneeded. When it sticks closed it will make fueling difficult if not impossible. Solution - simply find a heavy cable and push it down the filler neck until it reaches the valve. Give it a heavy rap...sometimes you have to keep doing it over and over until it breaks off the flapper valve. The flapper valve will then float in the tank and will not cause problems. It's a miracle cure that costs nothing. I believe I used a drain snake that I bought at home depot and cut off the large end to do the job. I haven't had a problem with this solution in the past 3 years.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
I have a 98 Contour that I could only put fuel in with a 2 gallon gas can. Had to go slow. The problem was the charcoal filter in the filler tube. It isnt where the Chilton manual shows it. I ended up taking the tube out and back flushing it with a cleaner. The flapper was also bad. I didnt find the filter until after I repaired the flapper and put it all back togeter.
Posted on Sep 14, 2008
I have seen this problem after gas tank was removed. on instalation return hose pintches or bends thus creating an air lock( see other solution). also check charcoal canister filter for blockage.
Posted on Aug 07, 2008
Could be a blocked air/gas release pipe as this would cause the fuel nozzle to shut of due to fuel and gas fumes returning up the filler pipe.
Posted on Aug 02, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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