Mantruck101 wrote:My turn with this problem.
I got the Check Fuel Inlet Message 2 weeks ago today after getting gas the previous night. I jammed the plastic funnel thing in there a bunch of times. The message went away after a few drive cycles, but then returned followed by a CEL. I cleared the CEL and the messages stayed away for a couple days. I've gotten gas twice since the original message but I'm still getting the Check Fuel Fill Inlet Message no matter how many times I jam that stupid plastic funnel in there. It threw another CEL again two days ago with code P0457 (loose fuel cap). Since it keeps happening, I'm thinking sometimes is broken and it's not just debris in there.
(1) Is it OK to put off this repair until my next oil change (probably about 6-8 weeks from now)?
(2) What else could I damage by continuing to drive my E and clearing the CELs as I get them until my next service?
(3) I'm WAY out of warranty... Anybody had to pay for this repair out of pocket? How much is this going to hurt?
(4) Anybody completed this repair themselves? Is it easy enough? I'm mechanically inclined and have some tools.
(5) I typically fill my E two-clicks after the pump automatically shuts off. Do you think this could have led to this failure?
As a follow-up, I drove around with the CEL on for about 6 weeks. Today, the dealer wanted $97 to "diagnose the CEL." Like I told them, their computer confirmed that something was up with the evap valve. My Escape passed all the tests they ran (including a smoke test) so they were a bit stumped. In the end, they cleaned some debris out of said valve that they think was preventing it from closing completely (they said it was pretty dirty). No parts were replaced, the CEL was reset, and they didn't charge me anymore than that initial $97 for that job.
We'll see if this "fix" sticks or if my CEL comes back in a few drive cycles.