Fuel ventilation "canister"
I own a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The ventilation "canister" which allows the fuel system to "breathe" has clogged up twice now. Had it replaced once, by the dealer, who we purchased it from. Since then, it has done it again. The problem is, when you fill up at the gas station, the pump keeps shutting off every gallon or so, making it an extremely long and arduous process. First time it cost me $ 350 to get it fixed. Now I just deal with the issue. Why can't we bypass this system with a cheaper alternative repair?
The solenoid inside the canister that makes the vent open is probably being affected by some sort of electrical problem. There are ways to bypass the system but your check engine light would turn on and your car would leak fuel fumes.
The check engine light is on ALL THE TIME. After I had this fixed the first time, I asked the mechanic, "what is the worst thing that could happen if I don't take care of this?" He said that the fuel tank could collapse without the ventilation system working corrrectly. Its been this way for at least 40,000 miles and that hasn't happened yet. It's just a total pain in the A** to fill up with gas because the fuel pump keeps shutting off. Takes 15-20 minutes to fill up the car with gas.
I would look into finding a new mechanic. I have never heard of a fuel tank collapsing and some mechanics have allot to do with mechanical problems... *Hint*Hint* Just a guess. I've never heard of a fuel tank collapsing. Never.
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