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I've recently had the Check Engine light show up on my dash. The first time I brought the SKY into the dealer, and they told me that the gas cap needed to be tightened past 3 clicks (which I have always done on my cars!).
I then notice that I can't put gas in the tank without the pump shutting off each time after a few seconds (tank was about 1/4 full). Today I dropped it off at the dealer, and they informed me that I have a bad "Evaporative Vent Solenoid", which they had to order. It should arrive in a couple of days.

I just wanted to share this, as I haven't seen this problem mentioned yet by anyone else.
 

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RMFNSKY said:
Thanks for the info. I'm coping and pasting all issues that posters have so I can have a idea if mine has a problem.
No problem. That's a good idea :thumbs: .
 

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skl8260 said:
I've recently had the Check Engine light show up on my dash. The first time I brought the SKY into the dealer, and they told me that the gas cap needed to be tightened past 3 clicks (which I have always done on my cars!).
I had a Firebird that did that and my mechanic told me the same thing. That was one of the times that they "fixed" it. It was still doing it the day I sold it about four years later!
 

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MyMidnightSky said:
I had a Firebird that did that and my mechanic told me the same thing. That was one of the times that they "fixed" it. It was still doing it the day I sold it about four years later!
Sheesh, it's so annoying to see that on the dash, isn't it?
 

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Spider went down the water... er, vent spout!

I dropped the SKY off today to have the part replaced, and upon further inspection, it turns out the problem was actually a dead spider that had been blocking some tube related to the evaporative system :lol: .

Reminds me of those stories where a snake or a small woodland creature shorts out a power station and causes power outages!
 

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Ha! A Sky brought down by a spyder! Stuff happens I guess...
 

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Ha! A Sky brought down by a spyder! Stuff happens I guess...
Sure does! I could drive it, but it would only allow me to fill it with quick spurts of gas from a pump. I'd get about half a tank in there and give up. Of course, I had people approach me while I'm trying to do this :willy: .
 

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If the system works the same as most cars, the solenoid is only open or venting into the engine when the car is running, otherwise it could be a hazard. In general, the service engine code is due to a leak in the line that runs to the engine/solenoid.

The most probable cause for the slow fill is that gas boils at a very low temperature, which is an issue with a low fuel level,. The tank was probably venting due to an elevated temperature caused by a low fuel level and high outside temp - just a thought.
 

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Jack B said:
If the system works the same as most cars, the solenoid is only open or venting into the engine when the car is running, otherwise it could be a hazard. In general, the service engine code is due to a leak in the line that runs to the engine/solenoid.

The most probable cause for the slow fill is that gas boils at a very low temperature, which is an issue with a low fuel level,. The tank was probably venting due to an elevated temperature caused by a low fuel level and high outside temp - just a thought.
Interesting, that makes sense. The pump would shut off almost immediately after squeezing the trigger, just as it would with a full tank.
 
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