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

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

9 Answers

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

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.

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

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

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.

and twang pop fizzzzzzz

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
tenspeed
86,015

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

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

John Saffrahn
29,605

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

  • Car Charging at 15.2 Volts With New Battery 6 answers

    My car is exactly 3 years old. Yesterday my car didn't start, battery low, 15 degrees outside. Called AAA and they checked the charging system and didn't see a problem but suggested the battery be rep...

    2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why will my car turn over but not start? 74 answers

    I changed the fuel pump a month ago and two weeks later i got out then went to go somewhere and it would not start. It turned over but it is like it is not getting gas.. I checked the fuel pump and fi...

    2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Reset anti theft system on 2001 Chevy Malibu 54 answers

    My 2001 Malibu would not crank. It would turn over but would not crank, as if it wasn't getting fuel. I had this issue about a month ago and my friend changed plugs and wires, checked compression (goo...

    Chevrolet Malibu

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Alternator relay 28 answers

    So my husband tried to replace the alternator and battery of my 07 4 cylinder malibu. He put the battery in backwards causing the starter to blow. He replaced the starter. That was in backwards as ...

    2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • dead battery new alternator 45 answers

    I have a new alternator in my car. brand new. I had to car jump started because I had no way to get the battery charged up. after four attempts to jump start the car would jump start just fine but it ...

    2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 4 Dr LS Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Malibu

Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 62,069 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $695.

ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Malibu Questions

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,750
#2 T_S_T
T_S_T
Reputation 1,380
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 1,020
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala"
863 Great Deals out of 31,674 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Accord"
1,044 Great Deals out of 73,238 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Camry"
1,406 Great Deals out of 88,657 listings starting at $695
Used Nissan Altima"
1,399 Great Deals out of 86,032 listings starting at $1,599
Used Kia Optima"
565 Great Deals out of 33,385 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Maxima"
333 Great Deals out of 23,243 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
561 Great Deals out of 35,793 listings starting at $3,497
Used Hyundai Sonata"
856 Great Deals out of 52,097 listings starting at $1,450
Used Honda Civic"
852 Great Deals out of 52,799 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500"
1,901 Great Deals out of 128,245 listings starting at $1,900

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
135 listings starting at $30,985
2016 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
174 Great Deals out of 35,900 listings starting at $12,887
2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
98 Great Deals out of 5,308 listings starting at $10,995
2014 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
77 Great Deals out of 2,645 listings starting at $8,900
2013 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
197 Great Deals out of 5,237 listings starting at $6,995