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Old 11-17-2010, 05:05 AM
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Default Starting Issue After Filling Up Gas

same specs as my post below,

I go put gas in the car no matter how much fuel i put in the car it wont start with out touching the accelerator up and down until it starts..
then you have to hold the gas down a bit and put it into 1st and take off or it will stall.
its got new plugs etc..
not sure what it could be?
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:07 AM
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Does this happen every time you fill it up? Does it only do it after filling up and then the issue disappears?
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:13 AM
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ya usually just when its filled up, take off and shut off car and it starts fine
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:28 AM
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Have you scanned it for codes???
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:53 AM
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might be the fuel filter
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:38 PM
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I have seen and read that this will happen where there is an issue with the fuel evaporative system.
I just had this fixed about 45 days ago.
The evap system starts in the engine bay (passenger side) and has hoses that come from a big can, pass through an electric purge valve and down the body to the fuel filler and tank.
A mechanic will want to do a pressure test to see if there is a leak or blockage.
When the system has a leak, you will generally get a CEL with some code about the evap system or a vaccuum leak.
When something is obstructed then you will get the symptom where the car will be hard to start when you have a full tank.
You can test this by only filling up about half-way and seeing if the car is hard to start or not.

In my case the car started by having problems only when the tank was full. About a month later I got a CEL about a leaking evap purge valve.
Turns out that I had a blockage in a rubber line that vents the fuel filler. This caused the issue where the car would be hard to sart.
I also got a leak in the fuel cap gasket, and this caused the CEL to come on about the purge valve.

My VW mechanic knew from my description that this was a problem with the evap lines and had it fixed in a day. Cost was for one rubber line and a new fuel cap.

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Old 11-20-2010, 09:36 PM
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Ok yes, I do have a check engine light on, I have just replaced the fuel filter a while ago..
I do too think its a line issue or vacumm issues as well.
It doesnt matter how much gas I put in the tank..
Do you think it could be a bad gas cap?
I know in another car I had, i had a check engine light on and replaced the gas cap and issue was solved. As for the hard to start issue I didnt have that problem in that car.
Is there anyway I can check the lines myself? Some sort of pressure test or something?
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:18 PM
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Go to an Autozone or other auto parts store and have the car scanned for the codes. That will help point you in the right direction, rather than blindly throwing parts at it.
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I am having the exact same issue ("strange situation" thread) as wjrs, and I do have a CEL on. I have changed the fuel filter recently but have not tried filling up only part way. Guess i will check to see if there is any obvious vacuum line obstruction, etc.
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When you guys fill up, you stop filling the first time the handle clicks off. If you top it off it can not vent.


By top it off, I mean you fill it to the rim with Brim.
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Have either of you gotten the cars scanned for codes?

Side note, when I fill up, after the first click I usually end up putting more fuel in. But its because I'm OCD about it and I like nice round numbers for payment on the pump. I usually only put in a smidge more though.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:46 PM
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When you guys fill up, you stop filling the first time the handle clicks off. If you top it off it can not vent.


By top it off, I mean you fill it to the rim with Brim.
Good point. I usually "fill it to the rim," to where the handle clicks off several times. I'll try not overfilling next time and see what happens. Thanks.
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Good point. I usually "fill it to the rim," to where the handle clicks off several times. I'll try not overfilling next time and see what happens. Thanks.
Please take it as a suggestion, not a cure.
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