Q: Fuel pump

asked by on September 22, 2017

I ran out of gas the other day and put more gas in from a gas jug..but when I try to start car it still won't start. I can't afford to get fuel pump changed right now..is there anyway to get car started temporary if the pump is gone?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Car is not starting Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

There is a very good chance that your fuel pump is toast. That’s a common problem with fuel injected cars. whether or not the fuel pump lives in the tank, most cars made since about 1985 pass the fuel through the pump ,motor and all, to cool and lubricate the pump. when the car runs out of gas, the pump runs on foam for a while and if it has a lot of miles on it already, that’s the end of the pump. So if you have an old car and let it run out of gas, you may not get it running again until you buy a pump. But don’t pronounce the pump dead until you’ve done a pressure test, and you can have that done at your convenience by contacting YourMechanic. They will send a technician to your home or office to check out your Blazer and let you know what it will take to get you going again.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

What others are asking

engine sounds like its running faster than it is, like idle sounds fast but not

Hi there: High idle speed is commonly caused by a vacuum leak, problems with the EGR system or the idle control valve on our 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The best way to determine which one specifically or other item is causing...

Hard shifting from 1st to 2nd

Hi there. The problem with your transmission is the 1 to 2 shift accumulator has either a broken spring or a split o-ring on the piston. You can replace this very easily. Drop the pan and gasket. If you just...

Blower or heat and air conditioner are not working? Relay fuse

The blower fuse is a 40 amp fuse located in the engine compartment's fuse box. The blower blower is controlled by the blower controller/resistor next to blower in the housing. The A/C control head controls the resistor controller for the...

Gear not shifting

There are several reasons why you may not feel the car shifting. However, the most important question that we need to know is whether or not it's actually shifting. The 2013 Chevy Equinox has an electrically controlled, six-speed automatic transmission....

No crank no start no shift. AC blower and cruise control not working. All dash lights on. Can jump 12v to crank fuse and start

Hi there. I think you are on the right track. If you have good fuses both under the hood, and at the internal fuse panel, but don't have 12 volt "supply" voltage to the fuses, there is quite likely a...

My 2000 chev blzr ran hot then water was added after cooled down seemed OK drove it did OK then ran hot again

If your engine overheats within 5 minutes then I would say it is a thermostat is stuck closed. In your case you drove longer than this before it overheated. You may have a water pump not pumping enough water or...

Speedometer and odometer off when starting the car

Hey there. Although we need a bit more information from you to accurately pinpoint the source of your issue, it sounds like this could be due to a damaged or faulty transmission speed sensor. Sometimes the speed sensor, which monitors...

No overdrive in my car.

Hi there. Check the 3-4 shift solenoid through the harness to the transmission and see if there is a resistance on it. If there is no resistance on the solenoid, then the solenoid is burned up and needs replaced. Also,...

When cold, Engine shakes and hesitates during acceleration

Hello There, As a general rule, car engines do not like cold weather and do not do operate as well in cold weather. When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Gardener or Landscape Architect
Gardeners Gardeners and landscape architects need to haul around quite a bit of gear. As a gardener, chances are you will need to transport a variety of mowing equipment, along with smaller implements. You may also need to move shrubs,...
How Often Should the Fuel System Be Inspected?
Without Without fuel, an internal combustion engine will not run. For this reason, parts used in the fuel system are built for durability and can stand up to years of near-constant use. Some parts, like the fuel filter, exist to...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Painter
If If you’re a painter, and you work for someone else, chances are you don’t care all that much about what you drive, as long as it gets you to and from work reliably. On the other hand, if you...