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Hello all! I've had my beetle since July of 2012 and have had a load of problems with it. But I love it too much to part with it..
Anyway, ever since I bought it whenever I am fueling, the gas pump will stop over and over and over while trying to fill my fuel tank. What causes this? It will only stop less if I pump my gas EXTREMELY slow and hold it the whole time, but this isn't ideal since I live in Oregon and all gas stations pump your gas for you. It's really really annoying and embarrassing to go to gas stations, and the workers are always really rude because this always happens.
Has anyone else had this problem? I'm taking my beetle in to volkswagen in a few weeks to get the water pump replaced, I'm just wondering on a price quote for this fix... I'm scared it's gonna be a lot.

P.S. My gas cover is stuck open too, it won't latch closed, how much will this cost to replace as well? (it's a bit of a drive to my nearest Volkswagen dealer or else I'd just ask them all this)

(I drive a 1998 5-speed manual NB)
 

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I would take a look around for a great mechanic to give you a price for the timing belt and water pump work. Dealers will charge more - sometimes double the going rate.

Some of our members might be able to point you to a reputable mechanic nearby. You can also take a look at the TDI forum and search for their mechanic list. If the shop does the TDI it should handle the rest.


Oh yea, welcome to the site and post up some photos?

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Sounds like you've got two problems back there.

1. Your fuel door cable is broken most likely. If you press the button for the fuel door, with everything off and in a quiet location, do you hear the little motor? If so then the cable is likely shot and needs to be replaced. Not really that hard, but the part is $60 or so.

2. The vent in the neck of your fuel tank is broken and not opening which causes the gasses to back up and trigger the pumps auto shut off. I don't know how easy that is to fix or how costly.
 

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You live in Portland. Bypass the dealer!

Go directly to Double J Motorwerks, on NE 122nd Av.

They the best, and a fraction of the cost, and 1000% more VW blood in their veins.

Double J Motorwerks-VW and Audi Specialists

Trust me on this.


I would also like to meet you!
 

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Sounds like you've got two problems back there.

1. Your fuel door cable is broken most likely. If you press the button for the fuel door, with everything off and in a quiet location, do you hear the little motor? If so then the cable is likely shot and needs to be replaced. Not really that hard, but the part is $60 or so.

2. The vent in the neck of your fuel tank is broken and not opening which causes the gasses to back up and trigger the pumps auto shut off. I don't know how easy that is to fix or how costly.
I don't hear anything when I push my fuel button, so maybe the switch inside my interior is broken as well as the latch...
 

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You live in Portland. Bypass the dealer!

Go directly to Double J Motorwerks, on NE 122nd Av.

They the best, and a fraction of the cost, and 1000% more VW blood in their veins.

Double J Motorwerks-VW and Audi Specialists

Trust me on this.


I would also like to meet you!
Oh! I have never heard of them, I actually live over in Hood River, so about an hour away from Portland. Do they fix everything on beetles?
 

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Hope everything goes well! :)
 

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The slow fueling problem could be due to something that fell into the fuel filler neck and is restricting it or to a problem in the ORVR (On-board Refueling and Vapor Recovery) system. It is designed to trap the fuel vapor that would be pushed out of the fuel tank during refueling in the charcoal canister. There is a breather valve near the gas cap that is opened when the fuel filler is inserted. It directs the fuel vapors to the canister. If it is not opening then the air in the fuel tank has nowhere to go and you can't put gas into the tank very quickly.

There should be a flap blocking the fuel opening under the gas cap. When I press in mine to open the filler neck I can feel the resistance of the breather valve opening.

It could also be a plugged vent tube on the leak detection pump. This is where the air is expelled after passing through the charcoal canister.

There is a description of VW's ORVR system at about the 24:45 point of this video:

Volkswagen Evaporative Emsission Systems (EVAP) - Operation and Testing - Diagnosing - YouTube
 

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I just repaired my 1999 New Beetle, I searched forums for the answer to this for 3 years. There is a filter on the outlet of the evap canister and it was plugged,I removed the filter. It is in the rear passenger side, it is about 2" in diameter and about 3" long.attached to the canister. I checked all kinds of web sites and could never find the answer. Now I can refuel full throttle!
 

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Also having fuel filling problems. where's this canister???

I have this exact same problem with my 99 beetle. I can't get much gas into the filler neck w/o it backing up and stopping the pump. I'm looking for photo's, etc., but I have yet to find the " it is in the rear passenger side, it is about 2" in diameter and about 3" long.attached to the canister" If I could find a picture of the canister, I could take it from there I think.
 
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