Tip & How-To about Chevrolet 1500

Running gas on E

There’s actually a bit of a debate about this one. The old wisdom says if your car gets down to E, the sediment in your tank will get sucked into the system and foul your fuel injectors . Although some mechanics says thats not true. Either way, running down to E does pose other problems. You cut the life of the fuel pump considerably, since the fuel actually cools the pump.
An interesting note: Most cars can drive another 60 miles+ after they hit Empty, automakers call this extra gas the “buffer zone”. US cars have the largest “buffer zone” of any vehicles. German drivers, for instance, like to know exactly how much gas in is the car, so their “buffer zone” between the gauge’s E and the actual empty tank is much smaller.

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i drive my truck it shuts down it start up after sittin a while


Most likely a plugged fuel filter, likely due to a bit of water in the fuel tank.

Ethanol-added gasoline actually sucks water out of the air into the fuel.

As you drive, the water molecules actually start to plug the filter, and starve the truck out and it dies. As it sits, the water falls off the filter material and it will start and run again until it simply does the same thing again.

A simple $10 fixya!

(throw a couple of bottles of "Fuel Dryer" into the tank, too. WalMart cheap stuff works as well as any of the others. It is actually just ethanol, too - but the extra amount of it helps emulsify any reamining water in the tank and allows it to pass through the (new, fresh) fuel filter)

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where is the fuel filter located on a 1992 oldsmobile custon criuser


The fuel filter in the Oldsmobile Intrigue is located under the car in front of the fuel tank. The purpose of the fuel filter is to pull out any debris and sediment that may have been sucked up by the fuel pump in the tank. Harmful sediment and debris can be hazardous to the engine. Replacement of the filter should be done every 30,000 miles.

More read: OBD2 Diagnostic

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power loss after i changed fuelpump and filter


If you did not take the tank off and clean it out with good gas and you just stuck the new pump in, you could have sucked up a lot of **** into your new filter. There is a fair bit of sediment in the tank of a 90 tank and if you put a new pump AND filter in without cleaning out the tank, the extra pressure you were trying to achieve worked and you may have clogged your new filter. Try putting another new filter or clean your new one if possible with good gas and then fill your tank with premium and a bottle of z-max wouldn't hurt you any either.

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2000 gmc 1500 truck ran out of gas filed up won't run. Starts than dies . Tried it for an hour still no luck. Don't think it's the fuel pump but not sher


sounds like the fuel line still has air in it. this should correct itself if you can get the engine to run long enough. fuel pressure builds on the pump side of the fuel rail and when there is an exess ammount of pressure (lack of fuel consumption) the fuel regulator should send the extra gas back to yhe tank to run thru again. try holding down on the accelerator when starting this should send extra fuel to the injectors and may help "prime" the line. you cant flood the engine so dont worry about that just dont over rev the cold engine. this should clear up on its own. the only other thing it could be is an obstruction in the fuel filter or the inlet sock on the in tank pump. if thre was a lot of sediment in the tank it got sucked up withe the last bit of gas in the tank, you may have to change out the filter.

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My olds ran out of gas .I went and got gas and put it in.now my car won't start and it doesn't sound like my fuel pump is working. What should I do?oh when it ran out of gas it was below 20 degrees outside.


Your problem could be due to a clogged or gummed up fuel filter, usually when a car is run out of gas the manufacturer recommends changing the fuel filter due to the amount of sediment that inherently sits on the bottom of gas tanks and gets sucked into the system... especially one as old as this. Additionally you may have tank condensation that froze inside of your pump and it will need to be replaced. However this is a worst case scenario, always check the least expensive solution first.

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