2003 Kia Sorento Q&A
2003 Kia Sorento Question: Fuel Tank
Have you tried refueling using a different brand of gas/ different gas station. I had the same problem with my own car with one particular brand of gas. If the problem persists you have a restriction in the breather or an evaporation valve which should be "open" during refueling (ignition key off) is stuck closed. Try a different brand of gasoline, try refueling with the ignition key switched off, if this doesn't help I'l research your problem further. - patrick mannion
Try changing the vapor-canister filter its available at your dealer or at http://www.parts.com/ for about $18 If this filter is clogged it will create this problem. - hemicuda
I had this problem, it was the vapor canister closed valve sticking. It is located close to the vapor canister under the car. - ase.2009
I know its been a year, but what was your outcome? I had this problem and after days at the dealer, hundreds of dollars and multiple parts, my truck is back to normal. - Stacey B
I have taken my Sorento in for the same reason. They are telling me that the vapor canister filter has come apart and spilled carbon in the fuel tank. They want to remove the tank to clean it and replace the canister to the tune of $800! Is this really only a matter of replacing the canister? - Visitor
I had this same problem with my 2004 Kia Sorento. Gas splashed out immediately, whenever I tried to fill it. I tried different gas stations and it did same at all. I had it back to the Dealer 3 times. The 3rd time, they had to drop the fuel tank and there they found a spider had built its web/nest in the air vent for the fuel tank. And, no, spiders are not covered under warranty! I was lucky as they worked with me on the costs because it took them 3 tries to find the problem. I think it cost about $179 - I had to pay for a new part but I think they gave me a break on the labor. It happened to me in 2008, so that's all I remember. Sorry I can't give more detail, I don't fix cars, I only try to drive them! Good luck! - GumbysGirl
I take my 2005 Kia sorento up the street to a quicklube franchise. They always tell me whats recommended to be changed and the fuel filter is one of them. So I finally say go ahead and change the f...
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