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I have a 2001 Sportage and I am now having a problem even filling the ---- thing with gas. Don't get me wrong I really like my car but I now have a spare tire carrier that is busted and rusted out, a gas tank that won't fill and thus causes my 'check engine' light to come on, a car that smells of gas on cold days because of gas line shrinkage and a 4 x 4 vehicle that won't go into 4 x 4 because of a broken seal in a vacuum lock. Other than all of that I like the design of the car, I like the fact that it is not a big honking SUV and I like the way the rear seats fold up and become a barrier for my dogs.
BUT does anyone know how to fix any of the above problems, especially the gas tank one, because I am getting to the point of shooting the thing and putting me and it out of its misery!!!!
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I have a 2001 Sportage and I am now having a problem even filling the ---- thing with gas. Don't get me wrong I really like my car but I now have a spare tire carrier that is busted and rusted out, a gas tank that won't fill and thus causes my 'check engine' light to come on, a car that smells of gas on cold days because of gas line shrinkage and a 4 x 4 vehicle that won't go into 4 x 4 because of a broken seal in a vacuum lock. Other than all of that I like the design of the car, I like the fact that it is not a big honking SUV and I like the way the rear seats fold up and become a barrier for my dogs.
BUT does anyone know how to fix any of the above problems, especially the gas tank one, because I am getting to the point of shooting the thing and putting me and it out of its misery!!!!
Never heard of a Sporty that did not want to take gas. Usually they use to much gas.
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Yes, you are correct - they do not have very good mileage. The problem with my car is that there is some kind of filter in the gas tank (that I have had replaced once already) and it seems to be stuck at the top of the tank because everytime I try to fill it, it spits back at me. It takes me about 1/2 hour to put 10 bucks in because I have to fill it sooooo slowly! Put in a couple of de-icers the other day and that seems to have helped a bit. Anyone else having this problem or is my car unique?
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I have never had a problem filling my sporty gas tank. There is a sock attached to the fuel pump in the sporty and 5that is all that should be in there that could cause a blockage unless someone put something in there that does not belong.
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I have the same problem with my 2001 Sportage. The gas tank regurgitates the fuel each time I try to fill it up. As a result, it takes about 10 minutes to fill up the tank because the only way to put fuel in without it spilling is one drop at a time. Any ideas how to fix this?
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You hace a clog in the venting lines for the tank, either that or a clogged carbon canister, but i'd check the lines first!
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I knew I couldn't be the only one that had this problem!!!

It's going in the shop on Friday so I'll let you know how I make out Asterix. It's my brother-in-law's shop so I know he won't tell me no lies!

Usually this only happens to me when it is cold outside. I did put in some fuel injection cleaner the other day and it seemed to help moreso than the gas line antifreeze. Maybe you should try this until I get the whole truth and nothing but the truth from my BiL.

Let you know as soon as I find out Asterix!

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A few years back I had a 97 Sportage and I had the same problem. Shortly before I purchased the vehicle second hand there had been a series of lengthy fuel strikes. Some people went to extrodinary lengths to protect their fuel. It appears the previous owner had shoved some kind of strainer way down the fuel filler in an effort to prevent someone putting a hose into the tank to steal the fuel. As a result it was a very slow process to fill the tank. I ended up removing the filler hose and bashing the 'strainer' out - no more slow filling. Suggest you attempt to push some hose down the filler neck to see if you have a similar obstruction, if so, it is a relatively easy fix.
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We took down the fuel tank to figure out what was going on, thinking it was one of the ventilation lines. It looks like it was the filter inside the tank that was clogged. Since finding replacement parts for vehicles isn't that easy in West Africa, we just pulled out the entire filter - bascially about four sponge sized pads. Then one of the mechanic guys fabricated a home-made filter strainer out of what I guess one would best describe as window screening. Not sure if the screens are a good idea, or if any filter is even necessary. It seems to have solved the original problem, however - now the gas goes in with no problem. Not sure what new problems we caused.
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i had the same problem but maybe just coincidence i put the fuel pump in upside down and hey presto no problem...weird eh!!
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