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Ran out of gas, now wont start.

So a couple days ago my ranger ran out of gas. While it was on the side of the road the radio got jacked but not much else. We put gas in it and now it will not start, the rollover fuel cut-off switch on the passenger side is already off, I can hear the fuel pump whine when I turn the key, and i've already replaced the fuel filter in an attempt to fix the problem. It wont even start if I spray a bit of starter fluid in the air intake. Does anyone know what my problem may be?
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I'm no expert, but I think starter fluid isn't the best idea.
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The problem is you ran out of gas...tons of problems could occur from this.
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My guess is you sucked crap somewhere into the fuel system.
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My guess is you sucked crap somewhere into the fuel system.


Something in the tank might be clogged, who knows. Tons of things could be the problem.
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So a couple days ago my ranger ran out of gas. While it was on the side of the road the radio got jacked but not much else. We put gas in it and now it will not start, the rollover fuel cut-off switch on the passenger side is already off, I can hear the fuel pump whine when I turn the key, and i've already replaced the fuel filter in an attempt to fix the problem. It wont even start if I spray a bit of starter fluid in the air intake. Does anyone know what my problem may be?
Thanks,
Zach
Ok so I followed the fuel line from the filter to the engine, and discovered there was a little unscrewable cap near the end of the fuel line, i'm assuming this is a way to see if your getting fuel that far, and it doesnt look like I am. So I was going to try to remove the hose but theres a silver round thing on it that I cant figure out how to get off, do I need a special tool for this?
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your injectors could be clogged.. i know that my check engine light started when i ran out of gas and sucked a bunch of **** in, i had the computer checked i have a misfire in my 1st cylinder, dumped some techron injector cleaner in the tank and ran it some, it runs better now
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Ok so I followed the fuel line from the filter to the engine, and discovered there was a little unscrewable cap near the end of the fuel line, i'm assuming this is a way to see if your getting fuel that far, and it doesnt look like I am. So I was going to try to remove the hose but theres a silver round thing on it that I cant figure out how to get off, do I need a special tool for this?
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Zach,

Once you take off that cap you need to depress the schrader valve (note, place a rag around it to catch any fuel). If nothing comes out double check that the fuel pump is in fact running. If so, have someone cycle the ignition switch on and off a few times while holding the schrader valve down. If you still don't get any fuel I'd revisit the fuel filter.

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Once you take off that cap you need to depress the schrader valve (note, place a rag around it to catch any fuel). If nothing comes out double check that the fuel pump is in fact running. If so, have someone cycle the ignition switch on and off a few times while holding the schrader valve down. If you still don't get any fuel I'd revisit the fuel filter.

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I just did that and I am getting fuel at that point. And it came out with pressure too, it didnt just bubble out. So i'm assumin my pump is fine, i'm thinking the problem is farther down now, possibly spark plug problems? I'm looking around the web now to try to find out information about injectors and how to clean them.
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doubt it would be injectors. you would at least get some sputtering, they wouldn't all just fail. No evidence of anything other done but radio missing? Starter working? Try removing air cleaner? exhaust clear?
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techron injector cleaner.. less than 10 bux for a bottle at vatozone
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doubt it would be injectors. you would at least get some sputtering, they wouldn't all just fail. No evidence of anything other done but radio missing? Starter working? Try removing air cleaner? exhaust clear?
It sounds like its going to start just find, it cranks over I just dont get the boom in the engine. I don't know if that made sense lol... but it doesn't sound like it would be anything else.
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Have you checked all your fuses? If you have a 12v test light, pull an injector plug and place the test lamp between the terminals in the connector. Crank the engine and observe the lamp. It should blink dimly while cranking. This will tell you whether your getting a signal to the injectors.
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Have you checked all your fuses? If you have a 12v test light, pull an injector plug and place the test lamp between the terminals in the connector. Crank the engine and observe the lamp. It should blink dimly while cranking. This will tell you whether your getting a signal to the injectors.
x2 on this but i think it has something to do with a fuse since they pulled your radio who knows what wires they stripped and grounded out, when you started it it fried a fuse somewhere. Check the fuses.
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Every few months I start my truck and don't hold the starter quite long enough and it dies. The ONLY way for it to start after that is to hold the gas pedal to the floor. You might try this if you have not already. I've run out of gas and had to do the same thing.
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Can you here the fuel pump "click" when the key is turned?
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since you have fuel pressure at the fuel rail on the engine, i say what was stated above, check all your fuses. it sounds like your injectors arent firing.
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I'm no expert, but I think starter fluid isn't the best idea.
+2...shiats not good for it yo
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Every few months I start my truck and don't hold the starter quite long enough and it dies. The ONLY way for it to start after that is to hold the gas pedal to the floor. You might try this if you have not already. I've run out of gas and had to do the same thing.

also holding the gas wont do nothing...unless its carb'd, all u are doing is opening and closing the butterfly on the t-body
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check for spark. pull a plug, turn key while someone is holding a wire that you took off near metal and see if it sparks. it only hurts slightly to get shocked haha.
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you ran out of gas and it won't start.....

would it be because YOU'RE OUT OF GAS!??!

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yeah it sounds like your not getting any fire to the spark plugs, check all your fuses first then make sure your getting fire to the plugs
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check for spark. pull a plug, turn key while someone is holding a wire that you took off near metal and see if it sparks. it only hurts slightly to get shocked haha.
I have to agree with you, just stings a little. It just scares the living crap out of the person turning the motor over if they aren't expecting it to backfire!
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you ran out of gas and it won't start.....

would it be because YOU'RE OUT OF GAS!??!

lol

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Damnit, you beat me to it.

All I was going to say was add some gas..... :(
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I am sure you sucked everything that was on the bottom of the tank into your gas line.
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