Hello all! I drive a 2002 Elantra (214,000 miles). I have noticed this problem for a few weeks now. It seems that if I pull my car into the gas station with half a tank or less and then put some gas in it (never topping off, but always filling above the 1/2 mark), I have trouble starting the car. It may sputter for a second or two before it dies. It would take 3 or 4 tries before it finally starts. If I fill the tank when it is already more then 1/2 full, I do not have this problem when it comes to starting the car.
I do not have trouble starting the car otherwise.
So what may the problem be? Could it be as something as simple as a bad purge valve? I have heard that it can be a culprit, but should it matter how much gas is in the tank prior to fueling? Could it be debris in the gas tank or a bad fuel filter or something else in the fuel system?
Thank you in advance! She has been a great car for me and this is the first unexpected problem in a long, long, long time. I hope to reach 300,00 miles with her!