Q: I emailed you in the past regarding a gas tank fill problem with my 2006 Mustang GT with 31,000 miles, which I purchased new.
Whenever I go to fill the gas tank, after half a tank, it continuously pops the gas pump trigger. I've tried turning the pump handle in different angles, and I could probably fill up the tank by doing this at a pump speed of about 6 cents. The last time you checked, there were no recalls for this problem. I happened to look online today and under 2006 Mustang GT gas problems, it appears several people have experienced the same problem. One of them said he went to the dealer back in 2006 when he had the problem, and the dealer told him that there was a gas/neck problem that Ford had not resolved yet.
I'm hoping you could find out if Ford corrected this problem and if there was a recall.
A: Your problem is shared among many 2005 and 2006 Mustang owners. The problem is the engineering of the fuel tank. You have a saddle fuel tank with two fuel holding sections. When the first section fills and the air rushes out of the second section, the air rushes up the tube and shuts off your fuel fill nozzle. Some customers have replaced the tank with a revised tank along with the vapor canister. The success reports are mixed.
If I were to live with the problem, I would refuel every 75 miles. The nozzle is meant to make a positive seal against the filler neck, and you should not try to hold it partway out or upside down to avoid having the rush of air turn off the nozzle.
Car care tip: If you change your own oil, the selling facility is obligated to recycle your old oil. If returning your oil is not convenient, many service repair shops will also take your old oil to recycle.
Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. Write him care of the Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or send email to scan email@example.com.