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2003 Civic LX Out of Gas - No longer runs

Old 03-25-2012, 11:29 AM
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Default 2003 Civic LX Out of Gas - No longer runs

I am helping a friend who just called saying that she ran out of gas and when she tried to start the car again it was a no-go. I'm headed over to check it out tomorrow, but I wanted to have a short list of things to check out when I got there.

There are a few things that came to mind, but I'm not to familiar with Civics and so I wanted to see if I might be missing something:

1) Clogged Fuel Filter
2) Shot Fuel Pump

Any other thoughts?
Old 03-25-2012, 01:20 PM
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Most fuel pumps use the fuel itself as a "coolant". If she tried to start it for too long without fuel, it's possible that the fuel pump is burned out. I would look at fuel pressure first, though. Refill the tank, put the key in the ignition, and turn it to the IGN2 position. The dash lights will come on and there will be a low hum from the back seat area. This is the position before the engine would start. Sit there until the hum stops, then turn the key back to off, then back to IGN2. Wait for the hum to stop, then turn off. Do that 3-4 times to build fuel pressure, then try to start it.
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