2002 chevy cavalier won't accept gas???

2002 chevy cavalier won't accept gas???

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Laura

Downers Grove, IL

#1 Jan 4, 2008
I have a 2002 chevy cavalier coupe manual transmission. My husband went to put gas in it this morning after we changed out a dead battery last night. The car will not fill up, he got in about 2/10ths of a tank and the pump shut off and would not fill up the car. It's a gas station we frequent and we never had a problem there so it must be the car. I checked and there are no recalls. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thomas

Waverly, OH

#2 Jan 9, 2008
Hi Laura ,

My 2002 chevy cavalier is having the exact same problem. At first it was allowing me to put in a little gas at a time 5-10 dollars and that was at a slow pace. Now it wont accept gas period and its spitting it back at me. My uncle is a mechanic and he says its something called a fuel vent , which O'Reillys auto parts store comfirmed this. They have both told me that because its a newer car that you have to drop the fuel tank and replace it there. Hopefully this gives you some idea as to what it is thats wrong with it. But I to also have the same problem so any help you can give me email me back at [email protected]
Thomas L.
kenny

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 Jan 16, 2008
i actualy had this problem too. i found that when i had my car running while trying to fill up it wouldnt let me put any gas in, the pump would immedeatly shut off. so i shut my car off when i fill it up. it really sucks shutting my car off to fill up with gas when it is snowing outside. oh well...
randy

Blythewood, SC

#4 Feb 20, 2008
I had this problem too with my '02 Cavalier. I first shoved a skinny 18 inch broom stick handle; not sure if I went deep enough, I then shoved a coat hanger down the refueling hole and wahhlaaa! No problems since. Be careful though, when pulling the coat hanger out you must hold up
the little valve the pump handle goes in with your finger.
Craig

St. John's, Canada

#5 Feb 22, 2008
Will parts for a 1996 cavalier 4 dr auto fit my 02 cavalier 2 dr
Clint

Wickliffe, OH

#6 Mar 24, 2008
no need to drop the tank and its a cheap part.
George

Pembroke, Canada

#7 May 16, 2008
So wht was the out come did you manage to solve the problem ?
Carl

Royal Oak, MI

#8 May 20, 2008
George wrote:
So wht was the out come did you manage to solve the problem ?
I have a 2002 Cavalier with 135,000 on the clock. I have witnessed this problem and another one, both related to the fuel tank vent solenoid mounted near the carcoal canister between the spare tire well and the fuel tank. The second incident resulted in just a 'check engine' light and a 'P440'(emissions evap code, I believe) trouble code. The part is real simple to remove and is a $30 item at the dealer. Both times I was able to pull the part out and confirm it was bad. The first time the solenoid was stuck closed thus the built-up pressure in the tank holding the check-valve closed on the filler tube (ie, no gas could get in). The second time it was stuck open.
George

Canada

#9 May 20, 2008
Well I'm having the same problem get a bout 5 dollars in. I found the solonoid you are talking about. I have the part off now I'm gonna try and fill up with the part completely off to troubleshoot... if that is it. Does anyone know if the solonoid is normally energized or when it is energized? If it is not the solonoid does anyone have any suggestions where to head to next?
Bob

United States

#10 Jun 9, 2008
People people your cars are trying to save the environment....
TOM

AOL

#11 Jun 13, 2008
What engine 2.2 2002cavaleir will fit
TOM

AOL

#12 Jun 13, 2008
how many year diff
chriscalhoun

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Mar 7, 2009
air in the tank?
jal

Galesburg, IL

#14 Oct 27, 2009
Did anyone ever figure this out? I have the same issue.
tim

Attleboro, MA

#16 Dec 3, 2009
hey what is the name of that part u changed cuz i got that p440 code would be great help thank u
Morgans

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Aug 8, 2011
kenny wrote:
i actualy had this problem too. i found that when i had my car running while trying to fill up it wouldnt let me put any gas in, the pump would immedeatly shut off. so i shut my car off when i fill it up. it really sucks shutting my car off to fill up with gas when it is snowing outside. oh well...
Our "new to us" 02 Cavalier also would also not take gas.. looked it up on here.. back to the gas station.. turned the car OFF and gassed up no trouble.. thank you kenny for saving us an expensive (isn't it always, unnecessary trip to the mechanics!~
Lanie Bug

Hampton, VA

#19 Aug 30, 2011
My '04 cavalier just started to do this. I always turn the car off to put gas in (um hello safety) but i know the last time i filled up and i've watched the gauge go down, so i know there isn't gas in there but not sure why it won't let me put any gas in....taking it in the shop tomorrow.
Kathy

Brunswick, ME

#20 Dec 5, 2011
Wow same thing happened to me yesterday..I shut the car off and I was able to put gas in..Just got the car a few days ago.Told the dealer what this blog said and he never heard of it..going in tomorrow! Thanks for the info!
Shane

United States

#21 Feb 8, 2013
I changed the vent and still will not take gas tryed a hanger nothing any thing else I can try?i am pulling the tank tonite

Thanks
Eileen NJ

Brick, NJ

#22 Jul 5, 2013
I have had this problem on and off with my 02 cavalier for a couple years. I go to a gas station they tell me that my my tank is full and get tired of insisting that its not. I pull away and into the next station and woud work fine. Last week did not work again I drove around the block and tried again and worked fine. My engine light comes on and off as well. Now my car just started going dead while I'm stopping for no reason but will start back up right away. Everything seems to be checking out but no clue if the two are related in any way.

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