Q: Car ran out of gas

asked by on

My car ran out of gas and won't start. I think I need my fuel injection serviced.

If your vehicle ran out of gas, and after adding gas it still doesn’t start, you may have burned out the fuel pump. The fuel pump in most cars is housed in the gas tank. It lives submerged in the fuel. The cold nature of gasoline helps keep the electronics in the pump cool when it is running. When the vehicle runs out of fuel, the pump tends to overheat. It is the overheating that damages it. This happens also to people who continuously run their vehicles very low on gasoline. A fuel pressure test can determine if this is in fact the cause of the no start. I suggest seeking help from a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to help you correctly diagnose this issue and replace your fuel pump if needed.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car ran out of gas

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Transmission cooler line leaking

Hi there. It is very common to see leaks at this connection. The metal transmission cooler line connects to the radiator with a set of flare fittings. It is common for these to either come loose or to become warped...

Q: ESP defective and engine turns off.

Hi there. Trying to diagnose mechanical issues in extreme cold weather you appear to be enduring is nearly impossible without being there to physically check a few common parts. The ESP stability control applies the brakes to the right rear...

Q: Oil leak and Check Engine Light is on

Hi there. Thanks for writing in. In some cases, the oil leaking from the vehicle after a rear main seal and oil cooler are repaired is caused by residual oil that was not cleaned or removed from the vehicle after...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...