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Can't fill tank

I have a 2015 Limited EcoDiesel with just over 5000 miles on it and am having a slight issue: I cannot get a full tank of fuel in it. Everytime I fill up the auto-stop in the nozzle indicates a full tank, but when I get back in the car, the fuel gauge indicates between 3/4 and 7/8 of a tank. This happens at 2 different fuel stations I've used.

Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone have a fix? As you can imagine this is extremely irritating due to the decreased range between fill-ups.

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I have a 2015 Limited EcoDiesel with just over 5000 miles on it and am having a slight issue: I cannot get a full tank of fuel in it. Everytime I fill up the auto-stop in the nozzle indicates a full tank, but when I get back in the car, the fuel gauge indicates between 3/4 and 7/8 of a tank. This happens at 2 different fuel stations I've used.

Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone have a fix? As you can imagine this is extremely irritating due to the decreased range between fill-ups.
I don't know if its related but I have had similar issues. Being an NJ resident I rarely have to fill up my own tank but this has happened a couple of times for me. The gas station attendants solution was to turn the nozzle 180 degrees so its upside down in the hole. Gas starts pumping again and works 100% of the time for me when the problem arises. He said it happens now and again with other cars too. I drive a 2011 WK2 V8 btw.
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Re: Can't fill tank

Diesel foams up....so wait a few seconds then put more in. You may have to do this a couple of times to fill up the tank.
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Re: Can't fill tank

Actually - diesel foams when it's agitated. As most fueling stations store their fuel in tanks below ground, diesel is more susceptible to gelling as the temperatures drop - and most stations will agitate the tanks to negate the gelling problem. As fuel is dispensed, it comes out of the nozzles at a higher pressure, hence the foaming action - which makes it difficult to attain a full tank in the winter months.


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Re: Can't fill tank

I fill the tank with the nozzle on the first (slow) click and there is substantially less foaming than 'full blast'.
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Actually - diesel foams when it's agitated. As most fueling stations store their fuel in tanks below ground, diesel is more susceptible to gelling as the temperatures drop - and most stations will agitate the tanks to negate the gelling problem. As fuel is dispensed, it comes out of the nozzles at a higher pressure, hence the foaming action - which makes it difficult to attain a full tank in the winter months.


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Interesting, I didn't know the tanks were agitated. Why would diesel be more susceptible to gelling if stored underground? I would think it would be just the opposite of being stored above ground where it would be considerably colder.
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