How to Start Your Car After Running Out of Gas
Running Out of Gas Safety Tip
Running out of gas in your car is far more serious than many people think. It can cause damage to your car that may cause hundreds of dollars or more to fix.
When you run out of gas in your car, there are a number of parts of the vehicle that can be damaged. For example, running a car without gas can damage the fuel pump, fuel filter, or push dirt throughout the fuel line of the vehicle.
A good practice to keep in mind to help protect yourself from the risk of running out of gas is always filling up your tank anytime the fuel indicator falls below 1/4 a tank. This way, you can always drive with peace of mind, rather than getting nervous when the indicator begins to head toward that scary empty red line.
Restarting Your Car After Running Out of Gas
When your car starts to show signs of being empty (pressing the gas pedal does nothing and the car is slowing) pull over as soon as possible and shut off your engine. A fuel pump can burn up very quickly with no gas left in the tank.
Now, you'll need to look for the nearest gas station. This may require asking someone else or researching a bit on your phone, if it comes with that capability. You might need to hail a cab or just walk, if it's close enough.
After you've left your car, walked a few miles, purchased a small gas can, filled it up and walked back to your vehicle, you'll need to be careful about getting the gas back into your car. Gasoline is a strong chemical that isn't the best for car paint. Try your best to keep the gas going into the tank when filling up your car with a gas can.
After you've put in a gallon or two (the more the better) into your vehicle, you can get ready to start your car. However before you do anything you'll want to check a few things:
- Special instructions. Find your car owner's manual and check to see if it has special instructions about starting your car after you've ran out of gas. Sometimes a vehicle will have a fuel injection reset button that you may have been set after your car ran out of gas.
- Priming the engine. Depending on the type of car you drive (check before taking any action), you may need to prime the engine by providing some fuel to the carburetor, or turning your car own and off a few times for the fuel pump to push fuel into the engine.
After you've checked up on your car manual's instructions for starting the car after running out of gas, give the car some gas by pumping the gas pedal and then turn the key to start the ignition.
If all is well, your car will start right up. If you continue to struggle, something may be damaged in your vehicle and you'll need to check with a mechanic. Pick up the cell phone and call a tow truck.