2005 Ford Taurus Problem filling fuel tank

  • 2005 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 60,000 MILES
Difficulty in filling fuel tank just began.

Gas pump shuts off every few seconds. Can fill very slowly -- take about 20 minutes to fill fully.

Local ford dealer says air vent tube may be plugged, but he will charge $70 to just take a look.

How can I find vent tube, and how can I get access to it for cleaning or replacement (maybe run a wire down the tube?)

Also, there is a metal plate in the gas fill pipe about 3 inches from the top, with a hole just bigger than the fill nozzle. This plate also has several small perforations which have unknown functions (to me).

Finally, I have read on the web that some cars have emission control systems with a tank mounted vapor management valve, and some have "storage canisters" designed to reduce gas fume emissions.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as to where I can find more information (perhaps a repair manual), and what steps I might try first before taking it back to a repair shop.

With best regards.

. Ross Burrus
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Saturday, February 6th, 2010 AT 12:09 AM

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Well it sounds like the tank isn't venting when you fill it. Now at you know you have the opening where you put in the fuel now from that to the tank is a rubber fuel fill hose to the tank next to that is a smaller rubber fuel vent hose to allow the tank to vent when filling it that smaller hose may be kinked or plugged. You will have to inspect it and maybe pull it off to check it. As for the flap at the top there that is for emission and the holes in it are for the proper venting through the gas gap. I do need to know which V6 engine you have too.
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Saturday, February 6th, 2010 AT 8:51 AM

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