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Jeep Compass sputters/stalls about a mile after fueling

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Hi Scotty,
A few years ago I purchased a 2010 Jeep Compass with about 40,000 miles on it for around $8500 (with CVT transmission). I purchased it as is. After about a month or so, when I fill up with gas the vehicle will sputter and sometimes stall a mile or so after leaving the pump. I can start the vehicle after it stalls and it runs fine then. I never top off and never have. When the pump clicks off, I remove the nozzle and put it away. Since the days of credit cards, I have no idea why people keep trying to put more fuel in after the pump kicks off? The first time that I experienced this, it scarred me a bit as I was on a very busy highway and I was turning at a light. Now that I'm aware, I plan where I'm going to fuel up and just deal with it. I would like to fix it, but I’m not sure what would be causing this issue and was hoping you may know. Thank you.

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I was going to say you flooded the EVAP canister but you said you never top off.. is there any pending codes or check engine light.

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This is a shot in the dark but maybe your fuel pump is going and it only acts up when there is certain amount of gas. Maybe something to do with weight of fuel on pump in tank . Maybe you do have a EVAP problem. Faulty gas cap or canister . I'm not that familiar with these so I cannot say with certainty 

No codes. Other than sputtering after fueling it runs great. I did replace the gas cap after it first happened but that didn't fix it. I keep regular services for oil, oil filter, air filters. I was looking at some of the emissions parts and debating on if the Vapor Leak Detection Pump and/or Vapor Leak Detection Pump Filter could cause this. It only happens if I fill the tank until it clicks off. If I fill but stop before it is full it doesn't happen; but that is a pain to keep looking at the gauge and waiting for it to catch up. So I just fill until it clicks off and then know that it will sputter or stall in the next mile or so.

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I really do think it's the evap canister, purge valve/solenoid or something along the evap. I not sure with this jeep has a EVAP turn over valve/switch I have to look it up. That can also be what's wrong if it does. .  

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verify the tank vent valve is operating correctly

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Today I replaced the Vapor Canister and Fuel Vapor Leak Detection Pump. Although I purchased the Vapor Leak Detection Pump Filter, I didn't replace it as I was unable to get to it while lying under the vehicle. After replacing the two parts, I went and filled up my gas tank and I did not experience any sputtering or stalling. I suspect this fixed the issue. I will try to follow up with an update after several tank fill ups. I generally only need to get about 1/4 to 1/2 tank a week, so it will take 2-3 weeks to be sure. 

Follow up: I filled up for the second time since I replaced Vapor Canister and Fuel Vapor Leak Detection Pump and I did not experience any sputtering or stalling.

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Is yours the 2.4 or 2.0. if it's the 2.4 the system has gas cap, canister, purge valve, vapor leak detection tank, vapor leak filter and the vacuum lines.

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It's the 2.4

I've replaced the gas cap and checked for vacuum line leaks (although I would think vacuum leaks would cause it to run bad and it doesn't (only that sputter after fueling up)).

I think next, I will replace the Fuel Vapor Leak Detection Pump & Vapor Leak Detection Pump Filter. If that doesn't fix it, I'll follow up with the Vapor Canister Purge Valve. If that doesn't work, I will replace that expensive canister. I took a look at the vehicle and all of those parts look fairly easy to access. I'm ordering Mopar parts so not sure how soon I will get the first round of parts. I'll follow up after I replace and fill up a couple times as a test.

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This would be my first choice -

https://www.autozone.com/emission-control-and-exhaust/canister-purge-valve

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I replaced the Purge Valve this weekend and today was the first time I fueled up since I replaced it; unfortunately that didn't remedy the issue. I'll replace the  Fuel Vapor Leak Detection Pump & Vapor Leak Detection Pump Filter next. 

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I've ordered the Vapor Canister, Fuel Vapor Leak Detection Pump & Vapor Leak Detection Pump Filter. I'll replace all three and give it go. Hoping that addresses the issue. Probably be a week or two before I get this done as I expect the parts to take a few days.

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