Mechanics

GAS TANK/FUEL SYSTEM ISSUES

1997 Ford Windstar • 270,000 miles

While filling my gas tank recently(while almost empty). Not near as much gas went in as should have gone in. But the pump both shut off AND the fuel gauge inside showed full. My local mechanic thinks my fuel gauge probably just doesnt work and I had more gas than what I was showing when I stopped to fill up. But I have a real hard time believing that based on when I had last filled up and how many miles I had put on since. My biggest concern is whether it is risky to continue to run the vehicle if something strange happened/is going on with the fuel system. Is there something weird that can happen when fueling up involving fumes or pressure or something that could cause the "system" to think its full when it isnt?
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Kenmillerace
June 25, 2012.



The gas pump shuts off when it senses the gas tank is full. It could have been a faulty gas pump or blocked/partially block gas tank vent. Usually when the vents on the gas tanks have issues its so bad that your only able to pump very little gas in your tank.

Saturntech9
Jun 25, 2012.