After I fill up the gas tank, my car turns over, but then the engine stops. Why?

Asked by Jan 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM about the 2008 Kia Rio Rio5 LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I fill up the gas tank, the fuller, the worse, then turn the engine over (turn the
key "on").  The rap meter reads normal for a split second, 2000/3000 idling in
"p" at the gas station.
Then the rpms sputters (within a few seconds), and goes to 0, and the engine
stops.  If I wait a bit, and try the whole thing over again, it gets a little better,
aka the sputtering, and stopping lasts a minute or two instead of seconds.
If I put the car in"d," the rpms immediately go to 0.  If I hit the gas pedal while
the car is in "p," or "d," the rpms stay high, and I can drive.
The biggest problem is getting out of the gas station spot, to the road.  I have
to have the car in "d," and tap the brakes.  Then my car stalls half way out into
the street, and I have to turn the car off, turn it on, put it in "d," and hit the gas
harder than normal, and semi-peel out of the gas station.
After driving for a bit like this the whole problem goes away, until I have to gas
it up again.

1 Answer

25,765

You should check if you have any OBDII diagnostic trouble codes being set. You might have a problem with the EVAP system, such as the vent or purge valve.

Your Answer

Kia Rio Experts

  • #1
    abcdef8
    Reputation
    740
  • #2
    flippinthemadstyles
    Reputation
    530
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    520
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
833 Great Deals out of 78,398 listings starting at $900
Used Hyundai Accent
163 Great Deals out of 13,323 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
928 Great Deals out of 66,116 listings starting at $1,995
Used Hyundai Elantra
541 Great Deals out of 41,961 listings starting at $795
Used Ford Focus
758 Great Deals out of 53,617 listings starting at $1,299
Used Kia Rio5
16 Great Deals out of 605 listings starting at $4,200
Used Nissan Versa
321 Great Deals out of 22,530 listings starting at $1,900
Used Kia Optima
482 Great Deals out of 28,579 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Camry
1,082 Great Deals out of 72,629 listings starting at $990
Used Ford Fiesta
147 Great Deals out of 18,289 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Sentra
555 Great Deals out of 50,660 listings starting at $2,000
Used Mazda MAZDA3
359 Great Deals out of 27,135 listings starting at $1,059

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Kia Rio For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 4,200 listings starting at $9,265
2016 Kia Rio For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 1,209 listings starting at $6,888
2015 Kia Rio For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 287 listings starting at $6,395
2014 Kia Rio For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 281 listings starting at $6,245

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.