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Failed to Start

I live in Wyoming, so you can imagine, the weather is a bit chilly. I woke up this morning to start my 2001 Mercury Cougar. It turned on with no problem at all, as soon as i get out to go back inside, the car Died. My First thought was 'perhaps it's because it's cold out' (never happend to me before) I tried turning it on and the engine kept cranking (i'm completely dumb when it comes to vehicles). I had no idea what the problem was. When i last drove my car, i was sitting just under quarter of a tank. I Know my Speedometer is off, so i'm actually first thinking i was out of gas. I have my girlfriend (i go to work via car pull :-P) put 10$ into a Gas can to put in the car. She puts the gas in the car, it fires up no problem. An odd thing is, it shot me from below quarter tank, to JUST under half tank (which with todays gas prices... impossible) After she had done this, i figured i should have let her try and start it prior to putting the gas in to see if that was really the problem.

Okay when i start my car (ever sense i can remember) i have noticed a humming, airy sound, more on the driver side of the car. I'm not sure if that's normal or not, and i'm just being paranoid. I pop the hood, and i first thought it was the air filter, but i kinda move it aside, and it seems more down where i can't really see. Like i said, i'm not sure this is normal. What's the likly hood i had just ran out of gas and my gas tank guage is off? Could it be my Pump? Any info would be amazing, and thanks so much!

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Your car has a electronic pump. sometimes in cold weather it will lag causing your fuel to be slow getting to your injectors. the humming is probably your electronic fuel pump. it could also be a exhaust leak. nothing big but just check your exhaust and all. now for the reason your fuel guage might be strange is because your float is located inside your tank, cold fuel will cause the float to stick sometimes and will throw off your guage

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