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Old 11-04-2003, 09:41 AM   #1
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Yep it happened this morning,thank god I was near a gas station. I borrrowed their jerry can and went and filled up. The car did not like it one bit. I was in the Timmy'* drive thru and i noticed it kinda had a hard time finding idle speed, did the same everytime I stopped at a light or stop sign. Could I have messed something up running out of gas? I'm going to be out today drivin it (job searching) hopefully it clears it self up. I'v never run out of gas before, could it just be the car telling me not to do that again? Hopefully nothing serious.
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Those older fuel pumps really don't like it when the tank runs dry. To prolong the life of those expensive parts, always try to leave a bit in the tank. It keeps the pump cool and lubricated. I wouldn't anticipate any problems because you ran outta gas. But I wouldn't let it happen to often. You don't want to be dropping the tank to replace the pump
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I would drop the tank and dcheck the filter. You couldve sucked up some dirt or rust onto the filter.
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I would drop the tank and dcheck the filter. You couldve sucked up some dirt or rust onto the filter.
Drop the tank, why? the filter is under the passenger side?
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I think he means the boot that attachs to the fuel pump. I think they call it a 'strainer'.
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Yup I was referring to the strainer but I just call it the filter.
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Dropping the tank is extreme...and probably not necessary. I doubt rust is an issue, if it was, theres rust regardless if its full or empty. I would however run a cleaner product, and take a look at the filter, the one located along the fuel lines. The tank is fine...

Its to expensive to drop the tank IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO. Before you start the car, listen for the pump, if it sounds like its struggling...then fine..otherwise, leave the tank up.

If any crude got thru, the fuel filter would have picked it up. Those should be changed every once in a while
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I had something like this with my old pickup truck before that died and I got my bonne. It struggled alot until I bought some of the cleaning fluid for the tank and dip some wallet cash into the top gasoline for its detergent. The truck was idle and sat with old gas for 2 years before I bought it for 1 dollar. I like to fill top of the line gas into my cars once every 3 months or so to keep the fuel system pretty clean (and those stubborn cars happy). I figure that paying maybe 5 more dollars or something for gas every once in a while is better then paying 500 or so because something messed up later down the line when those wheels pick up some years. So based on my expierence I would get some cleaning fluid and some premium gas, see how that works.
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I meant for dropping of the tank as one of the last steps. But I dont really see how dropping the tank is expensive? At most all the shop should charge you is 1 hour tops for labor. But most with tools should be able to do this no problem. But to each their own.
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I've run out of gas a few times, once almost on the highway on my way home from Canada. I somehow managed to get home after running on fumes for miles at 40mph with my hazard lights on. I ran out of gas in front of my house.

I'd definitely fill up before you get too low. I'm more careful about that now.
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