If you overfill the gas tank and it goes into the EVAP and into the charcoal canisters can this set off all your warning lights and does it need to be replaced or repaired ($1000) ?

40

Asked by Aug 22, 2014 at 07:25 PM about the 2012 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

10 Answers

101,695

Have check engine codes read. Post them back on here. They will give us clues as to what's going on with it. Does it still drive ok? Is check engine light flashing?

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
78,195

If you can stand the lights being on eventually the evap system will purge itself, you may have a slight running problem for a while. It is somewhat difficult to overfil a fuel tank these days, did you do it with a gas can?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
143,265

Right-on t-shoes

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
31,285

In nearly 50 years of driving I never heard of or ever over filed the gas tank. It's a new one on me.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
40

We didn't fill it. It came to us on a transport with a full tank of gas. we've only put 15 miles on it driving to DMV and to get it "smogged". It had been sitting for 6 months due to a death in the family..... the lights didn't come on until yesterday the 3rd time we drove it.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
101,695

With it having set for so long all the lights coming on could be due to a loose battery connection, failing alternator or bad battery. This is where I would look first.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
78,195

6 months is long enough for this garbage they call fuel to start going bad, like dandy stated check the connections for corrosion, it might be a good idea to remove all of the ECM fuses, put a battery charger on it overnight so you have a fully charged battery, put the fuses in and start it up and drive it normally and see if the check engine light turns back on, if it does go to a parts store and have the codes pulled write then down and repost them back here and we can go from there.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
56,795

I did this once with my '93 Caprice. There was a fuel odor for a few days but nothing was harmed. HTH. -Jim

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
31,285

Drive it. Go around the block on till you feel sure that it's reliable then go for a nice long ride. Like T.S. Said the fuel is probly one step away from varnish.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
1,295

Try a can of injector cleaner or some such similar product (check at your local auto parts store) it "may" help you get enough energy out of your old gas to use up enough of the tank, so fresh gas can be added at a 1/4 down and more as you use up the current gas.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

RAV4

Looking for a Used RAV4 in your area?

CarGurus has 54,541 nationwide RAV4 listings starting at $1,999.

ZIP:

Search Toyota RAV4 Questions

Toyota RAV4 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,370
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,300
#3 Robert Mitchell
Robert Mitchell
Reputation 940
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
1,259 Great Deals out of 73,997 listings starting at $1,650
Used Toyota Highlander
649 Great Deals out of 27,478 listings starting at $2,988
Used Toyota Camry
1,452 Great Deals out of 100,043 listings starting at $700
Used Toyota 4Runner
382 Great Deals out of 20,135 listings starting at $2,995
Used Nissan Rogue
650 Great Deals out of 58,932 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Corolla
1,368 Great Deals out of 67,939 listings starting at $100
Used Ford Escape
1,686 Great Deals out of 85,566 listings starting at $995
Used Subaru Forester
342 Great Deals out of 20,144 listings starting at $1,290
Used Toyota Tacoma
758 Great Deals out of 33,290 listings starting at $2,988
Used Honda Accord
1,189 Great Deals out of 77,640 listings starting at $969
Used Nissan Murano
440 Great Deals out of 22,204 listings starting at $1,800
Used Mazda CX-5
237 Great Deals out of 23,179 listings starting at $9,499
Used Honda Civic
1,140 Great Deals out of 65,603 listings starting at $1,500
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
391 Great Deals out of 14,593 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Pilot
594 Great Deals out of 20,490 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
31,202 listings starting at $21,000
2016 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
117 Great Deals out of 4,020 listings starting at $16,991
2015 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
202 Great Deals out of 3,708 listings starting at $14,388
2014 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
191 Great Deals out of 3,260 listings starting at $13,950
2013 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
222 Great Deals out of 4,371 listings starting at $12,770