car wont start after gas is pumped

Asked by Sep 01, 2017 at 03:04 AM about the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

car wont start after pumping gas this is the 2nd time this happens. Car needs to wait about 1-2 hrs before it starts and wont start again if turned off. Needs to repeat waiting time before the car start any advice or tips anyone please thanks.

5 Answers

My 1993 nissan pickup truck won't spark or start help

Could it possibly be the gas cap? I've heard sometimes if the cap is loose there will be starting issues...


The vapor canister purge valve may be stuck in the open position. This causes vapors of the gas you are pumping to go directly into the engine. Too much fuel vapor in the engine causes an over rich or flooded condition and can result in a delayed start or no start. Is the check engine light illuminated?


after you get gas and it won't start do you smell gas from cranking it over ?


Check for any OBD trouble codes, you may have one or more set related to the EVAP system. A bad purge or vent solenoid can cause problems with gas tank pressure. Most auto parts stores will do a free check for trouble codes if you can get your car up to one. You can also pop your gas cap and see if it feels like there was excess pressure in tank.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 1,822 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $2,495.

Postal Code:

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
156 Great Deals out of 1,110 listings starting at $2,950
Used Honda Accord
59 Great Deals out of 1,262 listings starting at $1,215
Used Ford Fusion
98 Great Deals out of 1,650 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
35 Great Deals out of 1,951 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
74 Great Deals out of 1,229 listings starting at $1,900
Used Dodge Charger
60 Great Deals out of 776 listings starting at $3,400
Used Hyundai Sonata
36 Great Deals out of 1,360 listings starting at $1,688
Used Kia Optima
38 Great Deals out of 795 listings starting at $5,995
Used Nissan Maxima
23 Great Deals out of 408 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Civic
256 Great Deals out of 4,559 listings starting at $1,408
Used Chevrolet Camaro
1,075 listings starting at $12,995
Used Chevrolet Equinox
76 Great Deals out of 6,070 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chrysler 300
70 Great Deals out of 837 listings starting at $3,295

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
95 listings starting at $24,645
2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
16 listings starting at $19,493
2016 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
16 listings starting at $14,746
2015 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
36 listings starting at $10,699
2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
5 listings starting at $13,489

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.