My 99 cav 4dr ran out of gas. I coasted into gas station. Now it won't start, sometimes it starts momentarily and then runs rough and dies. Acts like the timing belt jumped. What do you think? Do I have to prime it or should I check the timing belt?

Asked by Jan 17, 2007 at 10:40 AM about the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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It is common for a car to not start immediately after completely running out of gasoline. What happens is the fuel lines get so dry and the engine struggles to start while getting gas through the pipes. On occasions where there hasn't been gas for a long time it is possible for water to gather in the fuel tank which would cause the car not to run.

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