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Unread 08-04-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default 96 Sentra ran out of gas...now running loud

My brother was in a tough situation and couldn't get to a gas station in his 96 Sentra. He did make it to the gas station before the car shut off, we don't know how...it was well below the E and probably only running on drops. Anyway, he put gas in it and now it is loud. He said it sounds horse, like the engine is struggling, but it still runs fine. What could running low on gas screw up in the engine? Up until this point the car ran perfectly fine. It's got 111k miles.
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I'm betting he sucked some crud from the bottom of the tank and plugged his fuel filter. Replace the fuel filter, that should fix it.
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Replace the fuel filter, (It will cost you <$15 including tools) and add some Lucas fuel cleaner / octane booster additive.
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What tools do you need? I just used a pliers for mine.

My filter costed $4 from napa.
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I would have to concur on the Fuel filter, but the problem you describe almost sounds more serious. It couls have damaged the Fuel pump itself. the gas in your tank actually works to cool the pump and when it's ran dry it could cause damage.
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I would have to concur on the Fuel filter, but the problem you describe almost sounds more serious. It couls have damaged the Fuel pump itself. the gas in your tank actually works to cool the pump and when it's ran dry it could cause damage.
Well he did make it to the gas station, meaning it couldn't have been running dry, right?

I'll replace the fuel filter when I see him next. Thanks guys.
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Well he did make it to the gas station, meaning it couldn't have been running dry, right?

I'll replace the fuel filter when I see him next. Thanks guys.
It requires a certain level to stay cool.
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I'd be surprised if the pump fried itself that fast. Unless he regularly runs it close to empty.
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You have to remember the pump is more then likely 14 years old and it will already have alot of wear and tear on it. Some times something like that can be the stick that broke the camels back.
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Only 111k miles though.
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