How do you start your car after running out of gas?

I'm taking a long road trip this summer. One of my biggest fears is running out of gas. I plan on bringing extra fuel, but I don't have much experience. How do I start my car after running out of gas?

Running out of gas on a long road trip is a scary thought, so it makes sense you’d be worried!
While having extra fuel is a great way to avoid running out of gas unexpectedly if you ever do run out, here’s how to start the car again:
  • After you refill the tank, try turning the key to the on position. This should turn on the electronics without cranking the engine.
  • Then back to the off a couple of times to prime your fuel pump. Doing so can help remove air that may have entered the fuel pump when you ran out of gas.
  • Once you’ve done this a few times, start the car.
If it works and runs smoothly, you’re good to go. If not, your vehicle may stall or struggle due to damage.
It’s important to note if you run out of gas, you could damage your fuel pump and injectors. Even if you can drive on an empty tank, there may be an issue. If this is the case, you may need roadside assistance.
Thankfully, with Jerry in your pocket, you’ll never have to worry about being stranded again.
Jerry’s roadside assistance includes jump starts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing for as little as $4.16 a month.
Will Baldwin
Answered on Oct 29, 2021

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