Run out of gas will not start

Run out of gas will not start put new battery in still will not start

My car has 76000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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If the car has been run completely out of fuel, this may suggest the fuel may have possibly been burned up. The fuel pump relies on the fuel in the tank to keep it cool and lubricated. When the tank is run completely dry, this will cause the pump to generate an immense amount of heat and in some cases cause it to burn up. If this is the case, this may cause the car not to start due to a lack of proper fuel pressure. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and replace your fuel pump.

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What Happens to a Car When You Run Out of Fuel? When the tank`s left to run completely empty, the engine will start to draw in air along with the last dregs of fuel. This air could stop the engine from starting again, as it throws the fuel-air mix needed for combustion way off kilter.
The gas in the tank will not only power the vehicle, but it also serves a few other functions, like cooling and lubricating the pump. Regularly running a vehicle out of gas will cause the fuel pump to overheat and eventually fail.
The most common reasons a Honda Accord won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
The fuel injectors may clog.

Your fuel filter is responsible for filtering out all that bad stuff so that it doesn`t make its way into the engine. But when your fuel level gets too low, those impurities can get pushed through your fuel lines and clog the fuel injectors, the tiny nozzles that spray gas into your engine.

Prime the fuel system by turning the ignition on (Run position) for 30 seconds, but do not start the engine. This allows the pump to prime the system. Turn the ignition off, and then crank it for 15 seconds. If it does not start, repeat the first task and this one until it starts (cycle the key).
When you run out of gas, the fuel pump will still activate and try pumping but it won`t be nearly as loud because it will just be spinning in instead of trying to push fuel so it will be such quieter.
If you do run out of gas, your engine will sputter and stall as it gets starved of fuel. In this case, your catalytic converter, which is part of your vehicle`s exhaust system, can get damaged and you may need to repair or replace it.
Once your car runs out of gas, your car will shut down as if the key was never in the ignition. This is dangerous because by this point if you haven`t been able to pull over to a safe spot, your car will stall exactly where it is.
Why won`t my car start but the battery is good? If your car won`t start but the battery is good, the most common cause is a faulty starter – though it could also be to do with your fuel. You may have insufficient fuel to get the car going.
The most common reasons a Honda Accord key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key.
Debris blocking the suction strainer or foot valve is the most common cause. A blockage in the intake line can cause the water in the pump casing to overheat and literally boil out of the casing causing the pump to lose prime.
Just because you hear the fuel pump run does not mean it is pumping the correct pressure to the injection system. If the pressure is real low or the filter is plugged solid, then the pump may not get enough fuel to the fuel rail. The only way to know is to test the fuel pressure at the fuel rail test port.
Electronic Control Unit (ECU)

The ECU is the brain of the operation. It uses engine RPM and signals from different sensors to meter the fuel. It does this by telling the fuel injectors when and how long to fire. The ECU often controls other functions like the fuel pump and ignition timing.

The fuel tank pressure sensor is part of the fuel pump assembly and is mounted on top of the tank or inside the tank. It`s part of the evaporative emissions system (commonly referred to as “EVAP”) and reads pressure in the fuel system to detect evaporative leaks, such as a loose or faulty gas cap.
The basic operating system for an electric fuel pump is relatively simple. When the key is turned on, the powertrain control module (PCM) closes the fuel pump relay, which activates the fuel pump for about three seconds to pressurize the fuel injectors.
Another key indicator that fuel has gone bad is if the car suffers from operational problems. That could mean failure to start, a hesitant ignition, a rough-sounding idle, or loss of power while driving, especially when accelerating. The state of gasoline can also be determined by its look and smell.
Assuming the same annual rate of U.S. dry natural gas production in 2021 of about 34.52 Tcf, the United States has enough dry natural gas to last about 86 years.
For many it`s the most frustrating, forehead smacking mistake a driver can make, but it`s not exactly rare. In fact, over 800,000 people per year end up empty or close enough to stop driving.
The battery can be fully charged but still not be able to start the vehicle if it is failing or has a dead cell. Other likely issues are the fuel pump, ignition switch, battery cables, starter, or a clogged fuel filter.
In fact, most sensors are responsible for actually making the changes to critical systems such as ignition and fuel systems. Since any engine requires the correct air to fuel ratio and ignition timing to start, having a faulty sensor that can`t adjust these symptoms on the fly can cause the engine to not start.
A Bad Crankshaft Position Sensor

The crankshaft position sensor monitors the position and rotational speeds of the crankshaft. Without the crank sensor, the engine control module (ECM) wouldn`t know when to fire the fuel injectors and ignite the spark plugs.

Normally, just running out of gas will have no effect on the battery unless the battery is very weak to begin with. If it is weak to begin with, the extra running time for the fuel pump to get fuel up to the engine MIGHT be enough to draw the battery down enough it would fail to start the car.

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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
ANSWER : 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.

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Vehicle won’t start, once it’s jump started it only stays running until you turn it off, then it work start again without jumping.
ANSWER : Hi there. There could be two problems here. It is possible that your battery is bad and will not take a charge from your alternator while driving. In that case every time you shut your car off you will not have enough juice to start it again. Inspect your battery – it should have at least 12.5 to 13 volts to start your car, if it doesn’t you will need to replace the battery. The second problem could be that your alternator is bad and not charging your battery, in this case you will need to replace your alternator. Both the battery and the alternator can be tested in your car. If you would like to have the car checked for you, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and proceed with repairs.

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Not getting enough fuel car will not run right. It stalls when you give it gas and stalls when it’s running. It’s a 1984 Ford Escort.
ANSWER : Hi there, thanks for writing in. Several early 80’s Ford’s swapped from carburetor to fuel injected engines; including your ’84 Ford Escort. However, there were two different fuel systems available that year. If your Escort has the fuel injected engine, one item I’d check is the EGR valve or clean the throttle body.

Both systems impact fuel delivery into the engine and if they are dirty or clogged with excessive carbon build up, can starve the engine to create this type of issue. If it’s the carburetor version, the carburetor might need to be rebuilt, or may be an issue with float bowls inside the carb.

If you need assistance diagnosing the exact issue, feel free to contact one of our professional mechanics to complete an engine is stalling inspection firsthand at your own location.

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Fuel pump engages. Batery good, alternator good volts, jump start helps when wont start. Temp does not matter. Intermittent?
ANSWER : Hello. Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons your vehicle may only start when jump starting. The first and most common is a build up of resistance that is causing you to need a boost of voltage to get the engine started. This may be due to poor battery cables, a bad ground connection, a poor starter solenoid, and a couple of other issues. The first thing you want to do is perform a visual inspection of the starting system. Make sure there is no corrosion build up in the battery cables. You can also check the resistance across these wires and make sure you have a solid connection between components. You then want to make sure the starter solenoid is doing its job. It is responsible for taking the small amount of electricity sent by the ignition and turning it into a huge electrical charge that is strong enough to push over the engine with the help of some gear ratios in its favor. Do some more testing, and stick to the basics before assuming its something seriously complicated.

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Sometimes the truck will start and run just fine, and other times it will barely want to start and I need to press the gas pedal
ANSWER : Hello. This can be caused by a few different things. If the vehicle will run by pressing lightly on the gas pedal then it may be a bad idle control valve. If it sticks, it will allow too much air into the engine and cause it to run like this.

It can also be a weak fuel pump or an air flow meter issue. If the engine runs fine once it is started, then I would check the computer for codes first. If none are present, then I would run the engine and see what the sensor readings are to see if anything comes up faulty.

If those are also fine, then I check the fuel pressure to see if the pump is getting weak or to see if the pressure bleeds off while the vehicle sits. If you are thinking of having this starting issue inspected, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair this problem.

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put bad gas in it started to run rough then wouldn’t start. replaced clean tank out, replaced fuel pump and filter, pressure regulator
ANSWER : You may have contaminated and clogged the fuel injectors. You can try and clean the injectors if you can get it started, or you may need to replace the injectors if you cannot get it to start. Make sure the fuel pressure is checked to make sure you are getting good fuel pressures. If you want to have this looked at, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting issue, pinpoint the faulty component, and make the correct repairs.

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My car will be starting perfect and when the gas tank gets lower it will start having problems .
ANSWER : Based on the information you gave, it sounds like a possible fuel starvation issue, caused by a partially blocked, in-tank fuel filter or a crack in the fuel pump housing. The remedy would be to replace the fuel pump assembly and filter. The overheating may be caused by several things, including a stuck thermostat, faulty water pump, or even a cracked head gasket. I suggest having a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the relevant systems to pinpoint the cause of your vehicle’s hard starting issue and overheating problem.

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I changed the fuel pump and truck ran great for 3 days. Now after 3 days, the truck dies. It will start running for a few minutes, then dies like before.
ANSWER : Hi there, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to help. It sounds like you should disconnect the connector to the fuel pump and inspect it for any signs of getting hot. The female connections may be too loose on the fuel pump and lose contact after running and getting hot. If there are indeed any signs of problems, then I’d suggest replacing connector and adding dielectric lube to pins before installation. This should solve the problem, but if you continue to experience issues, feel free to reach out to us for help again.

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