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Posted by carbheat on August 17, 2006, 4:13 am


We recently bought a new Prius. Today, at our second fill up, I ran
into a problem. The pump would just not fill the tank. I would hold
down the handle and within seconds the pump would shut off. Try again
and it would repeat. I tried moving to a different pump and had the
same problem. Eventually it got to the point where I could hold it in
part way and it would continue to fill, but I never got it to work

I was at 2 bars when I filled up. I put in about 7 gallons (after many
start-stop iterations) and quit. The gas gauge read full when I left.

Any thoughts? Do some gas pumps just not like the Prius? This was at my
primary gas station. I would hate to not be able to use it.

- Jason

Posted by Bill on August 17, 2006, 4:35 am

I've had problems with a few pumps too.  Now I put the nozzle about 1/2" in
and put the handle at the first, slowest catch.  That seems to help.

Posted by Michael Pardee on August 17, 2006, 4:44 am

I think you've identified it. Some pumps are really stubborn about filling
the Prius. I guess it's something about the bladder. Anyway, another pump at
the same station should work okay.


Posted by crystal on August 17, 2006, 5:10 am

On Wed, 16 Aug 2006 21:44:00 -0700, "Michael Pardee"

Mikey gets pumped nightly until he overflows.  How's your boyfriend
Michelle these days, since I humiliated her by outing her here?  SMIRK

Posted by Vic on August 17, 2006, 12:52 pm

This happens to us a couple of days ago at a local Shell Station. I
did not play musical pumps like you did. I just started a trickle flow
from the pump after a few attempts at filling the Prius, with its
second tank of gas, at full flow (The car actually ran out of gas - I
posted a summary of this story in this newsgroup). I then was able to
increase the pressure on the handle slowly till it was about 3/4 flow.
I believe that this is caused by the high pressure that the fuel is
flowing out of the pump. I have noticed over the 20 years of driving
that some pumps are quick to fill up a tank and other are VERY slow!
We also experience this problem on occasion with our previous car, a
1991 Camry, at certain gas stations with high flow rates.

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