Mechanics

WHAT CAUSES WHAT SEEMS LIKE VAPOR LOCK?

1999 Toyota Solara • 287,500 miles

First let me say that I read some of the other responses you gave and I saw that you said that fuel injection does not vapor lock. That said, it sure as heck seem like that is what is going on. About 3 years ago I was driving in the city, very hot day, normal city traffic. The car started to miss really badly. Wouldn't accelerate much. I made it to my destination, parked and could hear this noise like something bubbling. Got out and opened my trunk, which was empty, and realized that the gas in the tank was literally bubbling. We let the car cool down for a while and it ran OK. This has not happened since until today. I was driving on the interstate, it hiccuped, was fine, then about 20 more miles it started missing, losing acceleration, getting acceleration back. I had about 1/2 a tank of gas (I don't remember how much the 1st time). I took exit 2 miles up rd, barely made it to gas pump, filled up which cooled off the gas in the tank, and it was fine again. Started right up and not even one more hiccup, even climbing in elevation as I was. Do you know what causes this? Are there parts on the car that could contribute? Is there some type of gasoline additive to prevent this?
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99solaragirl
June 24, 2012.




Low fuel pressure will cause vapor lock.

Roy
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ASEMaster6371
Jun 24, 2012.
Is the MIL indicating and are there any trouble codes?
When you opened the gas cap, was there excessive pressure gushing out?

KHLow2008
Jun 24, 2012.
@KHLow2008. The engine lite is on. The last code I got was for a valve. ECI? (Not EGR). I am not connecting this, however, simply because it wasn't occurring the first time this happened. As for tank pressure, I got to the pump, in the shade, and went in the store for about 5 minutes before I removed the cap. When I did remove the cap, there was no pressure release.

Tiny
99solaragirl
Jun 24, 2012.
Give me the EXACT trouble code. A fault with the EVAP system can cause that and no pressure when releasing the gas cap indicates possible vacuum in tank causing low fuel pressure.

KHLow2008
Jun 25, 2012.

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