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I have a 2003 1500. I thought I ran out of gas yesterday, although the low fuel light had just come on and I typically have 40 miles left when that happens. I put gas in it, it started up, but won't stay started. I tried letting it rest overnight; it started, ran for a few seconds, ans won't start again. Is there something I can do myself? I am not a mechanic.

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Hi there,

Well your fuel pump may have been damaged by having been run dry, or the fuel filter might be restricted by debris that may have gotten sucked into it from the gas tank. or there may be an air bubble in the fuel line that does not allow more fuel to reach the engine if you really let it run empty. Unscrew the wingnut holding the air filter lid on a little bit and pour a little gasoline into the "cup" in the center of the lid. Then try to start it. Please post comments if further you have the same problem.........

Good Luck!!

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