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Old 06-25-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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car won't start after running out of gas

My beautiful wife who I love dearly drives an 04 Focus sedan, she ran out of gas the other day apparently over night. Drove it home knew it was low thought she could make to the gas station the next day. Not so much. Went to start the next day, nothing. I fill up the can put it n the car, still nothing. The car just makes a clicking sound form the front, and I can hear what I assume is the fuel pump trying to work form the back when you turn the key.

I have tried letting it sit for a while, tried jumping it thinking maybe it didn't have enough juice. I was told something about a fuel cut off switch located in the front kick panel. Someone else suggested putting a little gas directly on the fuel injectors.

I'm thinking it may be the starter, any other thoughts.


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If its rapid clicking it might need a jump... although you said you tried that...

My wife did this with her 02 wagon... for some reason the computer died... I doubt thats the issue here though. But that is my experience with this issue... can you hear the fuel pump humming whem you turn the key? the pump is in the rear of the car too...
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Did you find the fuel cut off switch? That is usually the cause of what you're describing.
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Did you find the fuel cut off switch? That is usually the cause of what you're describing.
But the fuel cut off switch does not engage unless you are in an accident, or hit something hard as in a pot hole (there would be a bent or broken wheel if this were the case)
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Sound like the battery was run down trying to start it. Are you sure the jumper cables were securely attached when you tried to start it? Sometimes if the cables are not making a good connection, the jump will not work.

P.S. I believe that if the fuel cutoff switch is the problem the starter will still crank the engine, but the fuel will not flow. So this does not sound like a fuel cutoff switch problem.
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you could at least try the cutoff switch..... it wouldn't hurt.

just don't press the transform button hidden next to it, you wouldn't want that
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Did you find the fuel cut off switch? That is usually the cause of what you're describing.
I haven't looked yet. I was told about the switch later last night googled it this morning, was gonna give it a shot when I get home from work. She didn't hit anything that I know of, but she is kinda rough with a car.

Joshfink, yes it's kind of a fast clicking and I can hear the fuel pump hum
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ah.... in that case then, the vehicle doesn't have enough electrical energy to start.... so in other words the battery's dead. try cleaning off the battery posts with something like a wire brush. I had to do the same on mine, then it finally started.

(btw, unrelated......but just for the record, trying to jump a taurus with a focus is HARD when you're doing it by yourself. I had to put a book on the gas pedal to put enough voltage to the other car just a fun story lol.)
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I will try that again when I get home. It was late and dark last night when I tried to jump it. I'll try cleaning the terminals and making sure the cables are making good contact.
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Someone else suggested putting a little gas directly on the fuel injectors.
Don't do that!
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mikebontoft I know you said it was off topic- but I figured the explanation below would help Treyfeezy as well since it sounds like his battery is dead!


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(btw, unrelated......but just for the record, trying to jump a taurus with a focus is HARD when you're doing it by yourself. I had to put a book on the gas pedal to put enough voltage to the other car just a fun story lol.)
After you've connected the jumper cables to both vehicles stay in the running vehicle for 5-10 minutes with the engine revved slightly above idle. ~1500-2000 rpm will suffice. You don't need to rev any higher, as that's not going to make the alternator put out any more power. After you have held steady for awhile charging the dead battery- just let it idle back down and go try to start the other vehicle.
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