What could be wrong with 2002 ford escort if when driving with low fuel the car slows down and wont start after adding some fuel thinking it was out of gas?

Chris Cruz

Asked by Nov 05, 2014 at 03:06 PM about the 2002 Ford Escort 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

And afterwards the emergency fuel shut off switch was in the down

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Did it finally restart? If not then there is a good chance that the fuel pump is fried, you should always keep at least 1/4 tank of fuel to keep the fuel pump cool. The interia switch should be in the down or latched position.

Chris Cruz

No it hasn't been starting for me and I didn't have a quarter of a tank of gas but as I powered the car on before trying to start the car I checked to see if I could hear the fuel pump motor and I was able to but I was not aware that you needed to keep at least a quarter tank of gas in the car at any given time and I was wondering if that could be part of why it isn't starting still?


You should get a can of fuel put it in, then change the fuel filter cause all of the fine particulates that was on the bottom of the tank wound up there, after doing that, cycle the key at least 3 times and then try to start it. If it won't start then you need to have the fuel pressure and flow tested, it could just be too low to make it run.

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