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Ran out of gas, car wont start

Hey guys so i ran out of gas (im assuming) today, i know i feel dumb but hey it happens to everybody. My gauge isnt working so i count my miles and i SHOULD have about 200 miles left so thats why im skeptical about it being that i ran out of gas. But it just bogged down and died so im assuming it is the gas. But it doesnt really make sense for it to be that, (maybe i forgot to reset my trip meter for when im counting?..)

But anyway i googled why it wont start back up after i added more gas obviously and they said i need to find the fuel pump relay switch (if preludes have one) to turn the fuel pump back on. Me and my dad listened for the fuel pump whining and couldnt hear it so im hoping its that.. if not im gonna need a new fuel pump. So could someone tell me where this relay reset switch is at?

Im leaning towards my fuel pump going bad because that makes sense for me still having about 200 miles left before needing to refill. Or is there a fuse that couldve been triggered or something causing the fuel pump not to work?
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

Check the service manual they have, not to sure of the link but a quick search will help, I ordered mine off ebay and its like having a technician with you at all times
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

If you do not hear the pump prime i would think that it would be the main relay..
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

wouldnt your gas gauge let you know when you're getting to the point of running out of gas rather than you having to count your own miles?
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

x2 on the main relay, and here's the link for the service manual:

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wouldnt your gas gauge let you know when you're getting to the point of running out of gas rather than you having to count your own miles?
well if you paid attention, he says his gas gauge isn't working.
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

Yeah my gauge doesnt work, and its not like i was being an idiot and not paying attention to my miles. Im certain now that i didnt run out of gas that it was my fuel pump so im gonna check out the service manual and the main relay.. thanks a lot guys.
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Hey guys so i ran out of gas (im assuming) today, i know i feel dumb but hey it happens to everybody. My gauge isnt working so i count my miles and i SHOULD have about 200 miles left so thats why im skeptical about it being that i ran out of gas. But it just bogged down and died so im assuming it is the gas. But it doesnt really make sense for it to be that, (maybe i forgot to reset my trip meter for when im counting?..)



did you skip the day of school where they went over this thing called "reading"???




checking your fuel pump is very easy; turn the key to III, but don't start the car, and you SHOULD hear a pretty loud "humming" coming from under the rear seats.
if no humming, no fuel pump.
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

Yeah theres no humming at all, so i guess this means i gotta order a new fuel pump, can anyone link me to some?
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

stock replacement?
or if there's even the slightest chance that you'll wanna start modifying the car to make a decent amount of power, i'd suggest a walbro 255
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checking your fuel pump is very easy; turn the key to III, but don't start the car, and you SHOULD hear a pretty loud "humming" coming from under the rear seats.
if no humming, no fuel pump.
doesn't the fuel pump only run for two seconds to pressurize the system when the key is turned to the "on" position? i believe i heard that from my fuels teacher but don't trust me, i'm a bit ......


.......then again it is harmful to run your pump dry........
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

hey guys, bringing up my old topic.. but me and my dad worked on my car prepared to test the fuel pump and probably by a new one. So before we started anything we tried starting it and no success. So we get the access panel off and everything and before we took the 2p connector off to test it my dad told me to try and start it again.. BAM it fired up instantly. So we took the connector off and cleaned it real good and everything and we tried to move the wires around why it was running to make it die but it wouldnt work.. So our only explanation is a faulty wiring. So it could just happen randomly but its running again now.

Anyone have any comments/fixes/had the same problem?
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bump. Anybody? Im looking for an answer on this!
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

it's good to hear it was the wiring rather than the pump it self (or is it?)...strange that the wiring would be faulty rather than the pump going out...haven't heard that one before
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If you do not hear the pump prime i would think that it would be the main relay..
Maybe this....??
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it's good to hear it was the wiring rather than the pump it self (or is it?)...strange that the wiring would be faulty rather than the pump going out...haven't heard that one before
yeah, i kinda wish it was the fuel pump that way i couldve slapped a brand new one in and been on my way knowing that my car wont shut down again. But now my car could just shut down again at any time. Very wierd that it was the wiring right at the fuel pump. Everything looked good too, nothing looked wierd with the wiring.
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Yeah i cant see the main relay not working 1 second and then as soon as i pull the access panel off it suddenly working, too hard for me to believe.
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

The reason i say the main relay is because i had the same problem for 4 years... then changed the relay and bam its perfect
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yeah, i kinda wish it was the fuel pump that way i couldve slapped a brand new one in and been on my way knowing that my car wont shut down again. But now my car could just shut down again at any time. Very wierd that it was the wiring right at the fuel pump. Everything looked good too, nothing looked wierd with the wiring.

Yeah i cant see the main relay not working 1 second and then as soon as i pull the access panel off it suddenly working, too hard for me to believe.
relays are typically an intermitent problem, and are known for failure in cars that age. you did ask members of a prelude forum for advice, and they gave it. if you choose not to listen, you're on your own. good luck
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relays are typically an intermitent problem, and are known for failure in cars that age. you did ask members of a prelude forum for advice, and they gave it. if you choose not to listen, you're on your own. good luck
Oh no i think you guys mistook my tone. I wasnt trying to shoot down any suggestions at all i just didnt realize that he had the same problem and im extremely thankful for any help i can get. Apologies if i was harsh, im not like that all.

But im gonna definitely check out the main relay now, im assuming you have to buy a whole new main relay im not really familiar with what it looks like.. i just know its under that panel beneath the steering wheel.
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

yeh, you can buy a new relay or if u can soder it than you will save some money.. ill look up the part number and try to go take a pic of it

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yeh, you can buy a new relay or if u can soder it than you will save some money.. ill look up the part number and try to go take a pic of it

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okay cool thanks,and what actually would i be soldering, kinda confused
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Re: Ran out of gas, car wont start

The connections in the relay... i didnt solder mine i just bought a new one..
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The connections in the relay... i didnt solder mine i just bought a new one..
oh alright thanks for the help
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