1999 s70 volvo takes numerous tries to start after gas fill up

Asked by misscampbell1215 Aug 30, 2020 at 01:36 AM about the 1999 Volvo S70 Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It's takes 5 or 6 tries to start my 1999 s70 Volvo after filling
my gas tank. After it starts, it sputters for a minute and
then gives off almost a skunky smell for a couple of
minutes. I don't have a gas leak. What could be the issue?

2 Answers


Did this just happen? Then you probably got a bad batch of fuel with water in it. Add a bottle of HEET and drive the car to use up the fuel. the refuel at a busy fuel station and put in name brand gasoline.


Check the evaporative emissions purge valve. It is likely stuck partially open causing fuel vapors to be pushed into the engine from the carbon canister while fueling. Fuel already has ethanol in it so it is unlikely that HEET will do anything.

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