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Ran out of gas now sometimes it's hard to start,have to hold gas pedal to floor

I ran out of gas just as put some in it just cracked over wouldn't startuntil i hold the gas pedal to the floor now sometimes my car work great and then others the only way to get the car to start is to hold gas pedal to the floors,any ideas why and how to fix it

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  • rixy67 Nov 09, 2008

    sometime my gas filter put up dirt or something ,because i can start the car go for a drive then park it next two time it will start right up then the next time the only way i can start the car is to push the pedal to the floor ,then it's ok until next time

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Change the fuel filter. when gas gets low in the tank like that it starts to pull up trash from the bottom of the tank

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It's flooded like you say.
If it's really flooded, you'll have to remove plugs and dry them off.
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You need to get the gas out of the engine for it to start.
Crank for 20-30 seconds with pedal to floor. Do this 3 times waiting 2-3 minutes inbetween cranks.
The starter needs to cool down.
Then after that start normally and see if it will start.
Remember if it will not start after 2 attempts, then the possiblity of it flooding is there and you'll have to clear out the gas by holding the pedal to the floor again.

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