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Old 03-05-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
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04 Tacoma, can't fill up with gas?

I tried the search feature..with no luck. I have a 2004 Tacoma, 4cyl/ 2x4/5 spd. I tried to get gas yesterday, but couldn't get the nozzle to keep a vacuum seal on my filler tank. I though it was just the gas nozzle...it kept shutting itself off after several re-adjustments. I got to about 4 dollars and gave up. Then my wife drove the truck, tried to fill up at a different place, same problem. Then this morning, I got my first ever check engine light (41,958 miles) and still can get a good seal when I try to gas up. I'm guessing it's related but haven't had a chance to get the code pulled. Anyone else ever have this happen? I'm a honda guy, this is my first Toyota. I love the truck, just a bit lost.
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How much gas is in the tank? Have never heard of this happening. Have you checked to make sure there is no obstruction in the filler neck?
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Never heard of this either. I have an 04 also....never any troubles
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vacuum seal? is that something on the newer trucks? mine just pours in. I'd check for blockage
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Could it be a broken gas gauge and the tank is already full?
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The check engine light could be from not tightening the gas cap enough. As for the filling problems, I don't really know. I know at certain pumps I really need to keep pressure on the nozzle to keep it far enough down the filler neck so it won't shut itself off; others I could almost hold it above the filler neck and let it pour in.
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:31 PM   #7
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There should be a vent for air/fumes attached to your tank. When you fill up with gas the fumes vent to the outside. If this vent (should be a hose attached to it) is blocked it would cause what you are describing. I'm at work and its dark so I can't confirm this, but my previous vehicle and my boat have one.
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I appreciate everyone's help..i'm kinda at a loss..It's not the gauge...if I sit there long enough I can put in 10 Gallons..it's just taking 45 minutes. No matter how I angle the gas nozzle..it just keeps shutting off. Eveyone seem to think it's user error (me) and I don't blame them. What I did notice is when I push down on the filler neck..there seems to be alot of movement from the neck itself. This may keep me from being able to fully engage whatever it is on the gas nozzle that lets the good stuff flow. I never heard about the vent hose thing. I will check into that. Wife is gonna fly by the dealer to have the code checked and I'll post what they find. Even if it's that I suck and need to learn to pump gas. This is my first time on this site and I appreciate everyone's prompt replys.
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Don't insert the nozzle fully. Bottom it then pull it back maybe a 1/2".
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:49 PM   #10
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Go to auto zone

Go to auto zone and get the code checked, its free!
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Go to auto zone and get the code checked, its free!
definitely get your code checked as stated. this kinda happens to me on my runner. Sometimes when i put the nozzle all the way in and put the flow of fuel to full blast it clicks prematurely..so i just raise it out about an inch from all the way in and only depress the gas lever to about half for a slower fill,,,but it only takes me a few minutes to fill up.
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Hmmm....my guess is that there is something down the filler neck that is obstruction a full/fast fill. The nozzle shuts off as soon as fluid hits the end of the nozzle. So, it may be going down the neck, but no draining into the tank faster than its pumping in the neck. Try barely putting the nozzle in, and see if you can see the gas overflowing in the neck. Have you noticed an worse gas milage, or noticed anything else??
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What do you mean by the fact that you couldn't keep a vacuum seal? Are you in California? I've never heard of a pump that requires a vacuum seal to dispense gas.
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Ok..just got back from the dealer...and here's what we got...The check engine light was caused by the pnumatic fuel route being obstructed by the orientation of the flux timing gear. I wish...the vacuum hose on the airbox (airfilter) came unplugged. As for the reason I couldn't get the tank to fill up (keeping in mind i've been putting gas in this monster for the last two years with no problems) They couldn't find anything wrong with the filler/neck/tank or anything. They put the hose back on the air box, sent me down the road to get gas, and the little slut filled up first try---go figure. My friend is the service manager at the local Toyota dealer by me, so it didn't cost me anything other than some teasing at my lack of mechanical ability--which i'm sure is well deserved. So that's my story, I told you I'd keep it real for ya. Thanks again for all your advice. I would certainly not hesitate to jump back on this site for Toyota info.
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LOL, glad all is well now.
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