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My Ford Explorer ran out of gas and when I put gas in it it won't start. What are my options?

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Have someone crank it for you while you bang on the bottom of the gas tank, if it starts,your fuel pump is failing

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If it's carbureted then take off the air cleaner and pour a half shot glass or so of gas down it and then have them try to start it. No long cranking just a few seconds or so then try again. If you have fuel injection then sorry no quick fix.

Hope this helps Mike

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    VEE PEE Apr 17, 2015

    I appreciate your tip Mike, I'll give it a try and I'll post my results.

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    VEE PEE Apr 17, 2015

    Thanks alot Mike it worked.

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Make sure you have at least 5 gallons of gas in the tank. If you hear the fuel pump power up test the fuel pressure at the end of the injection rail if you have fuel injection. If you have a carburetor injection system remove the air cleaner so you can prime the Carb and pour an ounce or 2 directly into the carb and see if it will start. If it doesn't you may have a much larger problem. If it doesn't start when you prime the carb you need to do a compression check on the cylinders to see if you have lost compression on the cylinders. Being this old of a vehicle it is possible the Timing Chain broke which gives you the same symptom as running out of gas when it happens and the motor is running. If you have actual fuel injection with an injection rail, assuming the fuel pump is powering up (You should be able to hear it), you can bleed air off the line in most cases using the check valve at the end of each rail. It is sometimes covered by a small dust cap and when you remove the cap it looks like a standard valve you would find in any tire stem. You can release the air bubbles from the line like you would release the air from a tire by pressing the center of the check valve. That will remove the possibility that you have air bubbles in the line.

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SOURCE: changed fuel pump on 1991 ford explorer and ran

take the air breather off and put a little gas in the carburetor but not to much the carb can back fire let it set for a couple of mins. then try starting it,when it starts it going to sound a little rough till u put the breather back on then it should calm down

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SOURCE: 2002 Ford Explorer ran out of gas put gas in and won't restart. replaced fuel pump and fuel filter still won't start. Cranks but won't start

Most Fords have a fuel reset button. When you ran out of gas you tripped the circuit. Most of the time the button will be on the passenger side by the kick panel. The exact location should be in your owners manual or your local library or auto parts store will have a copy of one for your specific vehicle.

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