Q: Why doesn't car start after running out of gas girlfriend ran gas out of car now won't start plenty of gas in tank doesn't sound l

asked by on

It now won't start with gas in it we have power to the pump but no ohm Reading on the pump itself when ignition is on it gives the wurr sounds like it's running but It doesn't seem like it's getting gas to the fuel rail or Spark is there a inertia switch or something that preventing it from starting how do I check that and for gas to the fuel rail line. No Schrader valve. checked fuses 28 32 all good. Not sure where relay is but it's sending 12 volts power to the pump for sure. Thank you

Fuel pumps rely on liquid gasoline for cooling. Consequently, it is recommended to keep the fuel tank at least 1/4 full to prevent the fuel pump from overheating. If the pump is run to the point of being dry, the seal on the impeller can overheat and get damaged. Even if the pump subsequently runs, as you report your does, it cannot develop enough suction to pick up fuel due to the seal damage. That is possibly what has happened in your case but it should be confirmed prior to replacing the fuel pump. In your circumstance the recommended service is fuel pump replacement but if you request that, the responding certified mechanic will do enough tests to confirm that there is no other possible explanation for the failure. There is a quick and direct way to determine if the problem is lack of fuel. Procure a can of "starter fluid" from any department store. Using the material cautiously (it is highly flammable; keep away from flames or sparks), introduce some of the fluid into the intake of the engine while you engage the starter motor. If the vehicle starts and runs briefly, then you know for sure the problem is fuel starvation of course almost undoubtedly caused by the pump failing. Fuel pump replacement can be accomplished in the field, right at your location, if you desire that service.

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. Why doesn't car start after running out of gas girlfriend ran gas out of car now won't start plenty of gas in tank doesn't sound l

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: AC belt makes squealing noise

The belt on your 2000 Plymouth Voyager is used by the engine to turn the A/C pulley along with the water pump, power steering pump, and other accessories. Any one of these items could be the cause of the belt...

Q: Q: Radiator

There is no temporary fix for a crack in the radiator tank on these radiators. You will do engine damage if you continue to overheat the engine. Check online for some real cheap alternatives to local expensive radiators. A cheap...

Q: 22-gallon tank will only fill to 10 gallons

The fuel level sensor may be experiencing a malfunction especially if there have not been any performance concerns. Unfortunately, it is inside the fuel tank and must be removed to examine the contacts. This is common among many year models....

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...