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If you try to pump the gas in the normal way - with the pump handle curving downward - you can only pump in little bits. Maybe 2 to 3 tenths of a gallon at a time before the automatic shutoff shuts off. To get the gas to flow in any volume, you have to spin the handle upside down - with the curve up. Then it pumps pretty normally.

This is a known problem w/ my '05 Mustang. The shape of the gas tank neck causes more vapors to reach the shut-off sensor (that was the explanation I was given, anyway). Basically the pump nozzle thinks your tank is full, even if it's not. I have problems at some stations but not others, and I assume it's differences in nozzle shape or sensor type.

Usually I leave the nozzle out an inch or two rather than putting it all the way down into the tank. That solves the problem, and it still shuts off when full.

Ford has a recall and will replace the tank or neck at least. You may want to check w/ the mfr. for your vehicle.
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