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Old 12-05-2018, 09:48 PM
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Hi guys. Iím on the side of the road in 10 degree weather. Iím an idiot. I knew the gas was low and wS going to fill up after work but my girlfriend called me on the phone and I drove right past the gas station and got right onto the freeway. I drove 12-15 miles and ran out of gas and it died. I did not try to crank it; I knew what happens and turned the truck off and coasted to a stop.

The fuel pump pump is new. I put it in a few months ago. My girlfriend showed up w a gas van cans a funnel, and I poured about 2-3 gallons in the tank. It still wonít start. It just sputters and dies and wonít rev. I located the fuel pressure rail fitting and depressed it w the key. It is spraying fuel everywhere.

Still wont start. Any ideas?!
 
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:22 PM
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May be spraying fuel but still not enough pressure to keep it running. I’d suspect a clogged fuel filter since you ran it dry.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:25 AM
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What year? Engine? Might just still be air in the system.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:16 AM
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I'd suspect the cold at 10 degrees. Try some ether in the TB. Actually that is just an idea not knowledge. Can anyone say if ether in the TB would work?
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:37 AM
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OKay, I'm an even bigger dumbass. Had the truck towed off the side of the road to a local shop, but as a last ditch effort, we stopped at a gas station. I pumped in 3 more gallons. Truck started instantly. Apparently the fuel pump needs more than just a gallon or so in order to prime, once it has air in it.

Moral of hte story: If you ever run out, pour at LEAST 3 gallons in before trying to start it.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:04 PM
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Well, one more try may have gotten it - but if it takes at least 3 gallons, you've got a pump about to fail.

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Old 12-06-2018, 01:26 PM
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It's a new pump. Installed in August.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:27 PM
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You know that's why I run on the top half of the tank instead of the bottom half. When you fill up between 1/4 and 1/2 you dont have to worry about running out. Maybe it takes an extra gallon or two for the pump to prime.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:28 PM
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It's a new pump. Installed in August.
Did you notice it had a warranty? New stuff can be broken also.

But more likely, it just needed to reprime all the way.

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Old 12-06-2018, 01:40 PM
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If when you pulled off the road the vehicle changed position (as in leaned to the right on the shoulder) then yes you would likely need more than just one gallon to sufficiently submerge the pump inlet. If the truck was on the level after you pulled off then Ralph is probably right

I have driven nothing but diesel vehicles for the last 16 years (except for the Dak I bought last year) and if there's one vehicle you don't want to have run out of fuel it's a diesel. That's one reason I always keep the tanks full, but that's aside from the fact that you don't want to let a bunch of condensation form in your tank either, and that's another reason to keep a fuel tank full, gas or diesel.

I also always try and fill when it gets down to 1/2 tank or when the weather looks like it's going to change dramatically. This is something I picked up from my dad...hahaha.

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