Hello Billie - sorry to hear your vehicle is not acting right.
First and most important - you have two recalls on the fuel tank. This could cause a fire. Please call the dealer as soon as you can and they can check by your VIN number if the recalls have been taken care of. The first recall talks about the vapor hose. In the pic I have attached I belive it is called a vent hose. This may be your problem. If the vent hose is kinked, clogged or blocked what you are describing is possible of happening. Here are the numbers of the recalls.
The first Recall
August 12, 2005
VOLUNTARY RECALL CAMPAIGN SENTRA FUEL TANK VAPOR HOSE
CAMPAIGN I.D. # / NHTSA #: PM501 / 05V-269
2005 Sentra (B15)
Vehicles built between: 3N1*B51**5L487119 - 541526
The Second Recall
MAKE/MODELS: MODEL/BUILD YEARS:
MANUFACTURER: Nissan North America, Inc.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 05V269000 RECALL DATE: June 03, 2005
COMPONENT: Fuel System, Gasoline: Storage
POTENTIAL NUMBER OF UNITS AFFECTED: 44000
On certain passenger vehicles, a vapor hose located in the fuel tank may not have been formed correctly during the manufacturing process. When the vehicle is parked with a full fuel tank, fuel may flow into the vapor hose, which is connected to a vapor canister.
The vapor canister could become full, and excess fuel could spill out onto the ground. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
I would also check the filler neck where the hose goes into the fuel tank for any kinks, anything logged etc.
My first thought though is a bad vent hose.
Monday, October 27th, 2008 AT 8:42 PM