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Just put gas in car; vehicle stopped a few feet from gas pump; it cranks but sound like fuel is not getting to where it needs to go; what might be the issue here?

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    Bill Schilz May 11, 2010

    Did you check to make sure the gas cap is on tight? Did you run it down low or out of gas before adding fuel? If so, possibly debris in gas line and fuel filter may be clogged.

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Maybe a vapor lock in the injectors,or the pump overheated and went bad from too low of fuel,listen to hear if the pump is working by turning the key on and off while someone listens

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