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I ran out of gas in my 91 maxima and it cranks but it just wont turn over and start is it the fuel pump or an electrical thing

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If its a stick/manual,push start it,if its auto,crank it but dont step on the accelerator,sometimes,u can flood the engine when u put fuel in and u crank with your foot on the gas pedal.follow your air filter all the way to the carbuerator,open it and then crank,be careful,u might get a flash bang from all the air flow,good luck

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