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The car ran out of fuel, i put in 5 gals, car won't start. checked fuse, where do i go from here. checked circuit breaker, has power in and out, should the fuel pump in the tank make noise that i can here when the key in on. thank you

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It is normal that you hear the fuel pump trying to pump gas with the key on. In most cases...if hadn't noticed it before, it may be that the pump is burnt up from running out of gas.

There are various things that it could be...your fuel pump MAY still be good.

Danger of running gas out like that is, after years, sediment and stuff in the tank as well as water/condensation build up inside. When running lower than a 1/4 tank, the injectors, fuel filter and all start sucking that stuff up.

Your fuel injectors may be clogged, the fuel filter may be clogged or the pump may now be bad/burnt up. If you are hearing the noise, it likely isn't burnt out, it most likely is still working.

I hope this helps, at least some.
Good luck!

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Hey there,

It turns over, right? Fuel hasn't gotten to the engine yet.

Try a spritzing a little starting ether or carb cleaner in the air intake. Then try it again.


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