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When u say it won't crank do u mean the engine won't spin over with the starter? that is what no crank means to a mechanic. if this is not the case and the starter does work then the most probable cause is the fuel pump has seized up from lack of cooling (it is cooled by the gasoline it sits in) when you ran out of gas, to confirm this buy a can of starting fluid (avil from any auto parts store) and spray the fluid into the intake of the engine, if it starts you need a fuel pump, the pump is located inside the gas tank.

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