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Ran out of gas, now wont start

I can hear the fuel pump for a few seconds when i turn the key over!! i checked fuses now what do i do?

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  • brycesiddons May 31, 2010

    Hey Chip, i went and got 4 gallons because that was as large of a container i had, ive done what you suggested and i can hear fuel pump(i think that the humming) for 3 seconds or so, i repeated and still nothing!! not sure what to do

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If it was out of gas completely, after filling with at least 5 gal, turn key on, without starting. You will hear pump come on. After pump stops, turn key off. Repeat this procedure three times an the engine should start after the third time.

Let me know,

Chip

Posted on May 31, 2010

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    stmc97 May 31, 2010

    Well, that narrows things down a bit more. Are you sure it was out of gas when it ran out to begin with?? Only other thing that I think you might want to try as if it was out of gas, it should have started. On the fuel rail on engine there is a stem that looks like a air fill stem on your tire, it has a plastic screw on cap just like your tires. Unscrew this cap and with a helper, have on person turn the key on so the fuel pump runs like before. As the helper does this, take a small screwdriver and press in on the core inside the stem. If fuel comes out of this, then the engine is recieving fuel and so the fuel from the tank to the rail is okay. Therefore the problem is likely somewhere in the injectors or electrical system. IF no fuel is reaching the rail, then when the vehicle was out of gas, dirt/debris that gets into the tank overtime could have clogged up the filter inside the tank on the pump. A couple of solutions to that.

    1) Remove tank, replace filter strip on it.
    2) Can do this to try and save time and it not always will work but worth a shot. Try rocking the car back and forth manually. Sloshing the fuel back and forth in the tank will sometimes break lose the clog or the dirt on the filter and allow the fuel to be retrieved by the pump. If your car has a fuel filter on it as well, may also check this to make sure that it isn't clogged and replace as necessary. The pump coming on when you turn the key is a good sign it's not the pump.

    I would first however check that fuel rail and see if fuel is making it to the engine. That will narrow it down from fuel from the tank issue or if it's injectors that are clogged due to low fuel in tank and debris in the injectors.

    Let me know,

    Chip

  • bodyopus Nov 28, 2010

    I've done that...starts but idle so rough it can't be driven. I've tried releasing air from the fuel rail..helps for a moment....but.. Still not driveable... Where's the fuel filter? PLEASE don't say it IN the fuel tank! LOL!

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If your car has run out of gas try turning the key on but not starting the car for 1 minute then try to start it if it doesnt work then your just trying to force gas and it will burn up your fuel pump. if your car ran out of gas then it sucked up all of the dirty sediment from the bottom of the tank into the fuel filter just replace the fuel filter and you should be fine.

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    Where's the fuel filter? Easy to get to? worldtrendcomm@hotmail.com

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Loose or faulty electrical connections at ignition coil. Check cables including ignition cables. Insufficient fuel reaching the injectors, vacuum leaks. Vacuum leak between the throttle body and intake manifold. Intake air leaks, broken vacuum lines etc. If its the fuel you suspect, try changing the fuel filter and pressure regulator.

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