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Won't start ran car out of gas, put $15.00 in it now it, won't start. I think it could be the fuel pump or filter can you help me locate it on the car. Thanks so much Dawn

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Hi Dawn,

Running out of gas and its after effects can be so much fun. Sorry to hear about your problem. You are on target wanting to check the filter and pump. 'Bottom of the Barrel' sediment, debris, etc become more concentrated as the tank nears empty. They have no place to go but the pump and filter. These situations can drain batteries too (cranking engine for long periods). If you feel this is happening, arrange for a jump, just in case. Be prepared.

There are a few possibilities depending on your engine.
If your engine is fuel injected, the fuel pump and filter is in the gas tank and difficult to service. Most time consuming , difficult and expensive. So lets save this for last.

Easiest, quickest and least expensive ($3.00 max) fix first. I'm hoping your engine is carbureted and the gas you just put in hasn't made it to the pump yet. We're going to help it. Actually we're going to get your engine to help it. Get a can of starting ether or carb cleaner. Spray a little into the opening of the air cleaner (1/2 sec spritz). Try and start the car. It will likely start and die the first time. Try it again. may take a few shots until it the fuel makes it from tank to engine..

Didn't want to inundate you with a lot of 'What if's'. Kept it short with the most likely scenario. If it doesn't keep running on it's own after 4 or 5 times, comment me back and tell me what happened. I'll need some more info to help you, but we will get you going. OK?

Good luck Dawn
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Your fuel pump is in the fuel tank. and your fuel in the tank is what cools you pump . i have seen alot of fuel pump failure when people run very low on fuel.
when you turn on your keyswitch you should hear a hum of the pump . before replacement you should always check voltage to the pump. to make sure.

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