Fuel Tank on 2003 Kia Sorento

When fueling the tank the gas spits out immediately with enough force to splash on you and the vehiclel. It takes at least 5 minutes to fill 5 gallons. What's up with this?

by in Alva, FL on January 11, 2009
6 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on January 11, 2009
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.
COMMENT by on January 11, 2009
I tried several gas stations. This has been going on for several weeks. I tried the key off position and nothing changes. What about the pressure valves you mentioned?
ANSWER by on January 12, 2009
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.
ANSWER by on January 14, 2009
I had this problem, it was the vapor canister closed valve sticking. It is located close to the vapor canister under the car.
ANSWER by on November 03, 2010
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.
COMMENT by on April 17, 2013
I had this problem several times. I had my fuel pump replaced three times before someone realized I needed a vapor canister and a new fuel filter. If your fuel pump goes out tell them to check the vapor canister because this problem cost me 1300
ANSWER by on November 12, 2010
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?
COMMENT by on January 26, 2011
They told us the same thing! Only we pd 500- to have it replaced. We were also informed to NEVER "top off" @ the gas station, ever again! (indicating this can cause this problem) We replaced it a year ago & haven't had this problem again...yet.
ANSWER by on April 19, 2013
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!
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