Won't crank

Asked by Nov 08, 2016 at 01:49 AM about the 1995 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 95 ford escort wagon ran out of gas an
now it has over 1/2 tank of gas but it won't
start. It will turn over but not start. What
could be wrong? Is it the fuel pump?

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That is the most likely conclusion, if you run less than 1/4 tank you expose the fuel pump and it starts running hot cause it uses the fuel as a coolant, then when you run it dry the internal bearings overheat and lock up due too no cooling or lubracation from the fuel. Sometimes banging on the bottom of the fuel tank can shock the pump enough to run one more time, but the damage is done so get where your going before shutting it off cause it might not ever run again if it does at all. When replacing the pump you should also replace the fuel filter and the fuel pump relay, most pumps require this done at the same time to get the warranty.

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