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i think my baby is on empty!!!!!!!!!!!!

my stupid husband used my car over the weekend and neglected to put more gas in it!!!!!!! well i went to go somewhere this morning and it cranked up just fine and then all of a sudden it cut off! i thought maybe the battery but know everything worked - lights,horn,clock. and that is when it hit me - and i wanted to hit him!


is this going to be a bad situation??? my brother had a jeep and when he ran out of gas once the engine locked and it had to be towed to the dealership!
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The engine won't lock up, it simply will not run. Put gas in it and crank it up. should be o.k. Do change the fuel filter because the pump sucked up all of the junk at the bottomof the gas tank and this was filtered out by the fuel filter. Yeah, I know how you feel, my wife brings home EVERYTHING she drives near empty or the fuel light on. Keep it full as much as you can because of condensation build up in the gas tank.It is just as easy to keep them full as to keep them empty.
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It should be fine once it gets some fuel put in. In the old days of mechanical fuel injection it would have caused a few problems but electronic fuel injection is more forgiving. As long as the tank wasn't too dirty it should be ok, but don't run it too low too often . Give your husband a good talking to if you hav'nt already done so.

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thank you both so much!!!!

i can not tell you guys how upset i still am - not as much as when i left the post earlier because i really thought that my baby was going to be ruined!!!!!!!
i feel a little bit better now - and don't worry pulsar! as soooon as he brings his behind home from work - omg!! - he is going to hear it from me!!!
and i will let him know that he also has to get my fuel filter changed! i hope that this will keep him from letting this happen in the future.
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Maybe he simply forgot? Or did not pay attention... oh, be nice ;P

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oh he did NOT forget PLP!!!!

when i told him earlier as soon as he stepped in the house he said "but the low fuel light did not come on!" so i guess it was "not paying attention" that was the reason.

omg - i thought i was going to loose it then! LOL i asked him does he honestly need anything other than the big needle on the big E to tell him that there is no gas in my truck!!!! lawd! the headache i had only got worse after that but she cranked up just as you guys said she would as soon as some gas was put in.
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As I said don't replace the fuel filter straight away it will probably be alright as long as you have good fuel quality in your area. Most fuel doesn't leave much dirt in the tank. See how it goes.

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I speak from experience(27 yrs of marriage). This is going to get ugly if you pounce on him as soon as he gets home. He may very well be at fault. If his nature is one of sometimes forgetfulness then he is not doing it to tick you off. Talk calmly to him and listen. You will get through to him better if you are not acting like a wild woman. He will get very defensive if he feels he's under attack. JMHO Good luck.
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it did not get ugly at all - because he knew i was right!!!
oh he tried to pretend that it could not be out of gas!
we have been married over 17 years and he knows that i was VERY VERY upset - i don't have to raise my voice at all! and he also knows that when it comes to my truck i know her much better than he does! plus i have this great forum to come to whenever i have an issue. my girl is fine - and that is the most important thing! he knows that.
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You must have what is known to husbands as "The Look". I have seen it and I avoid it when ever possible. My girls 24 and 20 have tried it on me but I inform them " save it for your future husbands". Glad your "girl" is ok.
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