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I have heard that if u run our trucks out of gas u can have problems after u put gas back in them . Is someone just pulling my leg or can this happen?
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Depends on what you mean by problems.... It is NEVER good to run your truck out of gas....
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the only 'problem' you would have is that the truck wont just 'start' after adding fuel. I did this to my car.... everything today is fuel injected... meaning the fuel pump sends the gas from the tank to the engine, and then the injectors, pump it into the cylinder. the problem arises when theres nothing to suck, and when u add fuel, it may not all get to all cylinders at once = real btch to get truck to start.
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I have done it, coasted into the gas station, luckily we were going down a hill. It started right back up but it is pretty bad for it. your fuel pump can go out pretty easy if you keep running fumes.

Whatever you do don't let a diesel run out.
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It certianly is BAD to run an electric fuel pump out of fuel. The fuel cools and lubricates the pump.

Also, any debris that might be floating on top.. or on the bottom can get sucked onto the screen covering the pumps inlet.

I'd never let a tank go below 1/8th myself. Especially a vehicle with high milage.

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I run my truck till the fuel light comes on most of the time.
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What we do with a EFI motorcycle when you run out of gas is to cycle the fuel pump. Turn the key on, wait, turn key off, wait, turn key on, wait, turn key off, start engine. This primes the fuel pump. Some riders just use their kill switch. Your vehicle should fine after the pump has been primed unless you got dirt in the system from the empty tank.
It's not good to let any vehicle run out of gas. Just like the posters above stated.
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Whatever you do don't let a diesel run out.
No sh*t, my buddies grandfather does it all the time, what a PITA....lol.
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I ran out of gas one time in my last truck. I was about a half mile from the gas station, which I was on my way to. To make things worst, it was at night, SUPER windy, and VERY cold.
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my cousin put gasoline into his diesel, and wondered why it wouldnt run. LOL that cost him like $2,000 in repairs.
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my cousin put gasoline into his diesel, and wondered why it wouldnt run. LOL that cost him like $2,000 in repairs.
I was working today in front of a gas station and there was this girl (all prissy)looked like she was trying to read arabic or something looking at the pump. Stood there a longtime (driving a ford explorer mind you) and she grabs the green pump(diesel) and stuck it in. I was like o s%#t. Luckily she had to push the unleaded button and figured that it wasn't working while pushing the unleaded button. So finally grabs the black one.

Geez some people and common sense.
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I was working today in front of a gas station and there was this girl (all prissy)looked like she was trying to read arabic or something looking at the pump. Stood there a longtime (driving a ford explorer mind you) and she grabs the green pump(diesel) and stuck it in. I was like o s%#t. Luckily she had to push the unleaded button and figured that it wasn't working while pushing the unleaded button. So finally grabs the black one.

Geez some people and common sense.
hahahaha, i worked at a speedway for a few months, what a joke..
i had that happen alot, idiots push the help button and yell that its not working.
i didn't take **** from people and the manager hated it, i called in sick one day because i had a 103 temp and he said i was fired and not to worry about coming in.
i said good, not worth my time at $7 an hour to work the night shift by myself at a truckstop.
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You mean the gas pumps aren't psychic???

I ran out of gas once as I was rolling into the gas lane. I coasted to a stop in front of the pump. I try not to cut it any closer than that!
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If you run it out of gas the fuel pump will get hot. Probubly wont hurt anything. It just takes awhile for your car to start. First thing you go Is turn the key on and let the tank pressurize. then it should start. I NEVER let my tank get below 1/4. The fuel keeps the pump cool which makes it last longer. I do know if you let a fuel pump on a plane called a jet pump run out of fuel you WILL burn it up. NO gas = no turbine = crash. Diesel engines have to be primed if you run them out. I know happened on my t2000
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NO gas = no turbine = crash.
No, it = glider. Where you glide determines whether you have a landing, an incident, or a crash.
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No, it = glider. Where you glide determines whether you have a landing, an incident, or a crash.
Ya try gliding a lear 24, or a challenger, or a 1125 spx they wont glide but stright down. We were flying at 11000 feet and hit canadian geese. knocked out the rh engine and busted the leading edge of both wings. the lh engine was also damaged among other things. we went down. With the little wings we could not hold airspeed, thank god we made it down. now with a c172 you can glide for quite a while.
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I never let my truck go under a 1/4 tank.
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I never let my truck go under a 1/4 tank.
I have never let mine get less than 1.5 gallons left in the tank.

It isn't good for it to run out but runiing it real low isn't bad for it.
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My previous truck (1993 GMC Sonoma) had to have the fuel pump replaced at 44k miles, since the lot attendant had run it out of fuel (before I purchased it). They replaced the filter, and it ran fine for 2 days, then refused to start again. The dealership put in a fuel pump, and it worked great until I sold the truck at 122k.

My Ranger gets gas when it reads "E", but I still have just under half a tank. Wonderfuly inaccurate fuel gauge, but at least it's consistent.
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