Not starting ran out of gas,added gas and still not starting,can hear fuel pump running,smell gas at engine and exhaust.
Car ran out of gas and now after putting gas in tank i cannot get it to start.I can hear the fuel pump running when I have the key in the on position.I can smell gas at the exhaust tailpipe and engine compartment.Checked for spark and have that. Car was running fine, no problems. Went inside store came out wouldnt turn over, no power. jiggled bat cables started. 2 weeks later happened again . now it turns over but seems to not be getting fuel.
Re: not starting ran out of gas,added gas and still not...
This could be a couple of things. Since the gas ran low, it probably is sediment in the tank mucking things up. The sediment is probably blocking the pathway and reducing pressure.
Try replacing the fuel filter (always a good thing.) The other typical place is the strainer on the fuel pump inside the tank. try banging on the bottom of the tank to maybe loose the particles from the strainer, otherwise you may have to get inside the gas tank. If you have to do that It may be a good idea to just replace the fuel pump (the fuel pump uses the gas as a coolant and may have overheated.)
Another place to be concerned is the injectors. Rarely they start collecting deposits as well. Try some cleaner in the tank. The next thing is removing the injectors and soaking them in alcohol (again not easy)
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Re: not starting ran out of gas,added gas and still not...
Gas line filter may be dirty and clogged. Change it. There could be sediment or dirt in the tank that you drew up to the filter when you ran out of gas and it has built up and is blocking gas from getting into the engine.
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Your car has an electric fuel pump installed the gas tank. Pressing the gas pedal does not bring gas into the engine like the cars fitting with mechanical pumps connected to the engine.
To start your car after running out of gas, simply turn the key from the "Off" position to the "Run" position. You should hear the pump running (whirring / buzzing sound) for 5 seconds or so if you listen closely; then return the key to the "Off" position. Repeat this 3, 4 or 5 times to allow the pump to prime and flood the all the fuel lines, filter, etc. between the tank and engine.
If you can not hear the pump, have someone crouch down low near the tank while your turn the key (remember - only turn from the "Off" to the "Run" position - not all the way to the "Start" position each time). If they can not hear the pump, the fuse for the pump may have blown. Check your manual for the location of the fuel pump fuse and replace if bad. If still not hearing the pump, it may have failed when you ran out of gas as the fuel in the tank acts as a coolant for the pump. If this is the case, the pump will needed to be replaced.
Finally, you may have luck rapping sharply on the exposed tank with a rubber mallet of block of wood (do NOT use a steel hammer or tool as any spark could be disasterous) when the pump should be running. If the pump is simply hung up on sediment, etc. the vibrations *may* cause enough movement to allow the debris to become dislodged - allowing the pump to run once again.
If high miles, it may be a fuel pump. Fuel pumps usually go when gasoline is low and pump gets too warm. This may mimic running out of gas when there is a gallon or two of gas still left to draw but needle reads empty. Have someone put their ear to the gas tank while you turn on the ignition switch. the pump should run for 2-10 seconds with key on and not cranking.
If you don't hear the pump run, then investigate further for a failed pump.
You need to be very quiet for this test, but try turning the ignition key until dash warning lights are on, but without cranking the engine. Listen for whirring noise from fuel pump in the gas tank. You may even lift out the rear seat base, to pick up any sound as best you can. If you can't hear anything from several attempts then it's likely you have a failed fuel pump. The fuel pump can sometimes suffer damage when running out of fuel.
You rubbed through the fuel tank or cracked it and it has a small leak. They make a fuel tank repair kit you can by a a auto parts store some times they work and sometimes they don't. If gas is spraying or leaking on the exhaust you could have a fire. I have drained a tank and put a screw with a fiber washer in the hole and then covered it with a 1/2 inch if silicone rubber it lasted for 5 years. Your fuel lines and filter are usually up on the side of the frame and should be ok
Usually, the reset is located in the trunk. Check the fuel pump fuse. Check the fuel pump relay if equipped. You can also turn your key to acc for 7 seconds, turn it off. Turn it on, and off. This will prime the fuel pump. If you don't hear it at all, it is probably bad. Some are located in under the back seat and some, the fuel tank has to be taken off. The pump needs to have 12V, in order to work correct.
if you have high milieage you may have sucked in the gunk on the botton of your tank when you ran out of fuel check if you can hear the fuel pump running for about 2 sec with key on engine off if you hear nothing the problem is with your pump as they will burn out if they run dry for too long,if you hear the pump check for fuel pressure if pressure low check fuel filter to see if clogged by gunk from bottom of tank.