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#1 of 27 Problems Filling Up My Pacifica
Nov 03, 2006 (9:15 pm)
Recently my 2006 Pacifica Touring has developed a very annoying habit. When I fill the gas tank on my car and set the pump handle to automatically shut off, it will frequently shut off before the tank is full. Occasionally it "belches" a bit of fuel out of the filler tube. I invariably end up having to go back and reposition the pump two or three more times before the tank will fill completely. I bought my Pacifica in June and have not had this problem until about the last month or so. I think this might be a venting problem with the fuel tank. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what's the solution?
#2 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [samuelb]
by pf_flyer HOST
Nov 04, 2006 (6:23 am)
There are a few more variables you might want to consider before you start looking for a problem with your car. Have you changed the places where you fill up? Have the places you fill up at changed equipment? I know there are stations where I have to stand there and make sure that the pump keeps fueling because it will constantly shut off, Iassume from fuel sloshing back up the filler tube and making the pump THINK the tank is filled, and other places where I never have this happen. My workaround at the places it does, is to set the pump handle to dispense the fuel at a slower rate. This seems to work most of the time. Going by my experiences at the pumps with different cars, I'm leaning towards the idea that you're not really looking at a problem with your Pacifica.
Heck, even seasonal changes in the weather can have an effect. You said you got your Pacifica in June, but didn't notice this until the fall. I discovered a loose gas cap last summer because of the hot weather increasing pressure in the tank and causing gas to be forced back up the filler neck and out through the loose seal after I had filled up. The solution was to not fill it to the brim.
Gas station variations, changing weather. This is also your first year with the car, so this is also your first look at how things might change or behave differently at different times of the year.
Also, let me point out a change in the forums here you may not have noticed. I've added a Chrysler Pacific Maintenance & Repair folder for these "problem" type of dicussions. You can find it on the main Chrysler Pacifica Group page about the list of discussions.
#4 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [pf_flyer]
Dec 27, 2006 (1:05 pm)
I just bought an 04 Pacifica and I have the same problem with not being able to fill it up with out the nozzle constantly clicking off. I'll try filling slower next time Any other suggestions?
#5 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [mcroz3]
Jan 06, 2007 (5:03 pm)
pf flyer's advice was of no help to me whatsoever. Everything he suggested I had already tried, with no success. I had already tried different gas pumps with the same result, although some pumps are more difficult than others. If anything, I'm finding the problem to be worse. Filling slower has not made any difference for me.
I have found that it helps to take the nozzle completely out of the filler, wait a few seconds, and then reinsert it. It will "click off" a little less if you do it that way. Hopefully somebody at Chrysler has been paying attention and will come up with a fix of some kind.
#6 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [samuelb]
Jan 17, 2007 (11:59 am)
I have never seen the problem on our 04 and it has 84000 miles so far. The few times that it has clicked off, i have either filled it slower or pulled the nozzle out a bit and let it run. Try not putting the nozzle all the way in to the filler.
#7 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [thimmaker]
Jan 17, 2007 (12:10 pm)
Thanks but I've tried that too...it still clicks off.
#8 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [samuelb]
Feb 25, 2007 (10:23 pm)
I have an '06 with exactly the same problem but it is intermittent. Would love to know what it is as I'm out of warranty in 3K miles.
#9 of 27 Re: Problems Filling Up My Pacifica [ffstone11]
Mar 04, 2007 (9:41 am)
I have a 05 and only notice the problem at Costco when pull to the right side and have to stretch the hose across the back of the car. This tends to turn the handle to the right. If it clicks off to early I slow the flow and I am fine.
#10 of 27 07' Pacifica..
Mar 24, 2007 (6:58 am)
I've noticed that if I'm in a hurry and use the pump at "full speed", it fills MOSTLY all the way and kicks back a great deal. When I allow the pump to run fast until it kicks, wait a few seconds, then fill it slowly the rest of the way, I can add an extra gallon or two.