Can't fill gas tank?

I realize that this this question has been asked already, but I didn't understand any of the responses so I'll try writing my own question.

The gas pump 'pops' as if my car is full repeatedly. I can only have about .50 worth of gas pumped at one time. It takes half an hour to fill the tank. This wasn't too big of a problem when it started in the spring, but now that it's getting colder the gas station guys refuse to stand there and keep resetting the pump, so no gas for me :-(

I stood next to the pump/car the other day and noticed that it makes what I do not believe to be a normal sound when gas is pumping in... a loud, cavernous, echoey sound.

The car is a 2005 Ford Escape with 50k miles. This started happening about 10 - 15k miles ago, minimally at first and got progressively worse.

Update:

I live in a state where we - by law - are not allowed to pump our own gas. The attendants get very upset when I try to jump out of the car and do it myself - so as far as wriggling around with the nozzle is concerned, it isn't an option. I'll need to fix the fundamental problem.

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    You cold have something in the fill tube that is making the gas rise in the tube but trickle in the tank. Or a kink in the fill tube with the same result as listed above. Look under the car or in the trunk you should see a fill tube. Tell me what you see.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Typically, if it was an older car, there used to be an actual float that sat inside your fuel tank. Over the course of time, the float would occasionally get stuck midway in the tank. As a result, you couldn't fill your car all the way. (I knew someone who had a '67 Plymouth. Did the same thing).

    However, since this is an '05 Ford, my guess would be the amount of pressure and fuel going into the tank. Sometimes, I'll stop at fuel stations where the gas will really flow. Other stations weren't that great. So, if you're holding the lever at the gas pump all the way, it'll kick off instantly (it's done that to me several times. )

    Best advice is to not hold the lever on the pump all the way (meaning the handle to adjust how much gas fills up your tank). Also, try pulling the gas pump hose out just slightly. Sometimes, it's all in the angle, and if you have the hose in too far, it'll kick it off. Give those a try.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You have a blockage, the gas comes out of the nozzle and down a steel tube to the top of your tank and into your tank.

    When you are filling up, the gas is coming back up the tube and once touching the nozzle it shouts it down.

    So why isn't the gas going in to the tank quicker?

    1, the tube from the gas cap to the tank is plugged

    2, the vent that lets the air out of your tank as the gas goes in is blocked and you cant put gas in if air isn't getting out.

    So, you need to take your car to a mechanic and get them to remove you tank from your car and check the vent where air comes out and check the tube where gas goes in.

    This will take them around 2 hours. You should not try to do this your self because gas is very flammable and using tools around gas should only be done be some one who is trained or experienced..

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  • 1 decade ago

    I had a car one time where i had to hold the nozzle

    UP - if I let it rest - the flow would back up and the nozzle would cut off, getting the 'indication' the tank was full

    could it be nozzle placement

    otherwise ask the dealer -

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  • 1 decade ago

    I knew someone who had a problem like that. Turns out the reason they couldn't put anymore than .50 cents at a time was because their gas hand had stopped working and was showing empty, but the vehicle was already full.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Go to a different station and pump it yourself,you might find that you have to manipulate the nozzle to accept the fuel like I have to do on my jeep.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Call Ford & see if there a recall as the vent or return is blocked>

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  • 1 decade ago

    it may have to do with a sensor. but take it to the dealer and they will tell you what is wrong. you never know it maybe covered under warranty. So it will be free to fix. any ford dealer can help you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    does it work if you hold the gas pump?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Beacuse you have a ford....duh........go talk to the people you bought it from (dealership etc.)

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