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I have a 1997 nissan sentra with 1.6 litter engine. It has 171000 miles. The other day I run my car very low on fuel and went around a sharp curve (345 degrees) when I came out of the curve the car acted like it run out of fuel.( the engine was running but would not respond to me pressing the gas pedel. I put the car in neutral and the engine reved up. I put it back into drive and the engine ran but would not respond to the gas pedel being press on. all this went on as I coasted to a place I could pull off the highway.)finally the engine quit.(out of gas). I put a half of gallon of gas into the tank. Car would not start. I put another 2 gallons in the tank. the car started very hard (I kept the starter on untill the engine started (15 seconds) the whole while feathering the gas pedel). once the engine started, it responded to the gas pedel very slowly. once the rpms came up, I could rev it up no problem but once rpms dropped to below 1500 or so I had to feater the pedel untill rpms became high again. once the car was in drive it didnt matter how much I feathered the pedel it would not go and would stall. I got the car towed home. I removed the in line filter and went direct. car wont start. i checked the fuses in the egine compartment and the fuses under the dash. all good. I seperated the fuel line were the in line filter was at, and blew compressed air in one side of the line. The air went through the pressure regulator, the fuel rail were the injecters are,back to the tank ( i could hear it bubbleing in the tank), and back to the seperated line were it spewed gas all over the place. There is no blockage as far as i can tell. I opened the top of the tank to make sure no sludge or crud was on the fuel pick ups sock (clean as can be). car wont start. I checked to see if i have spark (i pulled the spark plugs and i have spark. also the battery has a good charge. Can any one help me figure out why this car wont start

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Clean the injectors, it only takes a little dirt from the bottom of the tank to plug them up. Try to keep a 1/4 tank of gas at all times if possible.

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  • Dustin Royer Jun 17, 2013

    how do u clean the injectors?

  • Danny Monhollen Jun 04, 2014

    Take your car to a service center thats does fuel injection cleaning, this should solve your problem and save money from buying new injectors!!!

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Most likely a bad fuel pump, do you hear it hum when the key is on? fuel pump has to pump 180 pounds of pressure to operatethe motor, some pumps do come on but don't pump enough pressure for car to run.if ou have spark but no run, it's a fuel issue. you wre right o replace the inline filter, that's where i would've started.i suggest you replace that fuel pump. if you disconnect the fuel line at filter@ turn the key on, the gas should shoot out about 20 feet. hop this helps!!

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