2003 Ford Explorer 4.0L 4x4 runs out of gas.

Asked by Mar 11, 2014 at 03:22 PM about the Ford Explorer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

On three occasions now, prior to hitting the E line sometimes the low fuel light comes on, sometimes it doesn't and car runs out of gas?  FIlter is good and cap is tight.  Level senser in tank going bad or some other item I'm not thinking of?

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Probably the fuel level sensor in the tank is starting to fail. But you really should be filling up when you hit a quarter tank of gas so there is enough fuel in the tank to keep the fuel pump from overheating and you also won't have the issue of running out of gas. HTH's.

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My son had his 2003 explorer towed over to the house because it died on him going over an overpass, fortunately he was headed in the downward direction. I tell him to get in and crank it over. No go. I get behind the wheel, turn the key to the on position and the needle is on "E". You're out of gas, I said! His response? The light didn't come on, nor did it begin to ding. Tom hit all the points. Don't drive past half a tank. For obvious and mechanical reasons. And change the fuel filter on a weekend, they're not that expensive.

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