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Old 12-21-2006, 04:52 PM
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Running out of gas?!! Potential problems?

Hi guys,

My brother ran out of gas today whilst he was driving.
Will this cause any damage to anything?

Is it advisable to change the fuel filter?
His engine has just been rebuilt about 700 miles ago...

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks

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Old 12-21-2006, 05:54 PM
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If you have a fuel pump in the tank, it will not like running low on fuel. In this situation, the pump can only be cooled by the fuel running through and not by surrounding fuel. Running it out removes this last cooling path, but it won't run very long in this state.

This causes additional wear on the pump, but you're probably fine. They can take some abuse. I doubt that changing the fuel filter is necessary, but it certainly can't hurt anything but your wallet.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:03 PM
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Thanks Matt, i appreciate that...
So this causes no damage to the engine?

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