I accidentally left my car running, now it is out of gas and battery is dead, will it be ok

joe_S
0

Asked by joe_S Feb 06, 2013 at 07:38 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

9 Answers

judge_roy
Not Active

have you put five gallons of gas in, a schumbacher on for the next eight hours, and report back if it won't start then-

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer
judge_roy
Not Active

oh yeah, don't forget to take your key out and put it in your pocket.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
DavidH25
Not Active

It will be fine. Unless it overheated idling for, however many hours

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
judge_roy
Not Active

there's a chance David that sucking it dry did not give the fuel pump a chance to cool, how do we know that it made it all the way to empty? that's why I'm questioning vroom vroom cough cough ptang wruch~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
DavidH25
Not Active

and twang pop fizzzzzzz

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
tenspeed
53,065

Fuel pumps are pretty durable. There are plenty of them that kept pumping through four years of college or military service. There are a lot more that occasionally see a low fuel condition on the highway when the next rest area is 50 miles ahead. Running them dry isn't doing them any good but it's not instant death either.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
joe_S
0

if anyone wanted to know it is up and running, thank you all for your input

judge_roy
Not Active

whew. mission accomplished. break out the best champagne...none left bwap bwaaa

John Saffrahn
16,105

Joe as far as running it dry goes, the pump probably only ran for a few seconds because as soon as the pressure drops the engine dies and then the pump shuts off. As far as overheating goes most return systems are set up so the returning fuel dumps onto the pump which is in a "cup" so even in low fuel conditions it will still stay cool. I wouldn't worry much about long term damage. Any of these guys can tell you about the new pump setups where during removal you have to dump about a quart of gas out of the sending unit once its removed.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Malibu
Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?
CarGurus has 67,955 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $1,200.
ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Malibu Questions

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 720
#2 T_S_T
T_S_T
Reputation 600
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 560
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala"
2,059 Great Deals out of 56,301 listings starting at $995
Used Nissan Altima"
1,910 Great Deals out of 77,821 listings starting at $1,100
Used Honda Accord"
1,598 Great Deals out of 65,603 listings starting at $800
Used Toyota Camry"
2,063 Great Deals out of 72,340 listings starting at $992
Used Nissan Maxima"
723 Great Deals out of 20,131 listings starting at $1,000
Used Kia Optima"
658 Great Deals out of 38,942 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
722 Great Deals out of 28,299 listings starting at $1,795
Used Hyundai Sonata"
1,278 Great Deals out of 54,333 listings starting at $1,095
Used Ford Taurus"
725 Great Deals out of 18,770 listings starting at $833.1
Used Honda Civic"
1,042 Great Deals out of 55,981 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang"
1,085 Great Deals out of 24,759 listings starting at $1,625

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 31,230 listings starting at $19,165
2014 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
235 Great Deals out of 9,086 listings starting at $13,995
2013 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
483 Great Deals out of 6,373 listings starting at $11,998
2012 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
361 Great Deals out of 5,592 listings starting at $7,900
2011 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
361 Great Deals out of 5,414 listings starting at $7,500