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    Just filled my 2.2Dti up at a tesco garage with Esso pumps.

    The filler nozle slipped easily into the fuel filler pipe, BUT, would not not come back out.

    After much swearing, pulling, pushing and nearly yanking the filler pipe and tank out of the car I managed to free it. The flap covering the end of the filler pipe is now not visible, I think it has bent back on itself.

    Anyone else had this happen and how did you free the nozle?

    Needless to say the forecourt was full of cars and I caused quite a hold up in the queue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRANKA View Post
    Just filled my 2.2Dti up at a tesco garage with Esso pumps.

    The filler nozle slipped easily into the fuel filler pipe, BUT, would not not come back out.

    After much swearing, pulling, pushing and nearly yanking the filler pipe and tank out of the car I managed to free it. The flap covering the end of the filler pipe is now not visible, I think it has bent back on itself.

    Anyone else had this happen and how did you free the nozle?

    Needless to say the forecourt was full of cars and I caused quite a hold up in the queue.
    yeah I've had this happen to me too , it gets stuck on the ribs on the nozzle, the way to get it out is twist the nozzle so it's straight ,the best way I've found for filling up from the opposite side is pull the car up so the boot is in-line with the nozzle, should have plenty of slack if need



    stupid ribs grrrr

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    i done the exact same thing,bent and eventually snapped off the filler cover
    A short while later i had a water leak under the bonnet and engine temperature went sky high.
    Took it into vauxhall,good job it was still under warranty they fixed it 4free.
    I think some of the metal bits from the filler cover must have made their way in to somewhere and caused the leak

    Keep a bottle of water handy

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    yes there is a big long list of use that have done the same

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    I used to work for Total garages and the more modern pumps are worse for it. The trick is to turn the pump 90 degrees, and gently ease it outwards. Its actualy a very bad design on vauxhalls behalf we were told. One time we had a fire engine down to cut the pump hose, and the car went off on a tow truck. Its classed a potential risk of explosion by forcing it the pump out as it may cause a spark.

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    happened to me too, twice!

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    At least it doesn't happen when I'm on me bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgettings View Post
    yes there is a big long list of use that have done the same
    I'm on it!!!!

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    Exactly this happened to me on the way to Scotland a couple of weeks ago. Nightmare, took me 25 minutes with a screwdriver to get the pump out, the metal flappy bit came off and slid into the tank with the crap wire spring clip type thing.

    So now I'm driving a veccy with metal stuff rattling round my petrol tank. Not happy.

    Guess the only way out is to whip the tank off, empty the metalwork and get a new inlet pipe?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al21784 View Post
    At least it doesn't happen when I'm on me bike
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