My 1999 Mercury Villager ran out of gas while driving home and now will not start.?

I was driving home from work and it ran out of gas. It will not start now though the engine does crank over. I went to another website and it said to press the fuel cut-off reset switch on the drivers kick panel. I did that and it will still not start. What do I have to do to get this fixed so it will start again and run? It does start if i put a splash of gas down the air intake. This is a fuel injection engine btw.

The fuel pump sits in a anti slosh plastic pan. You may have less fuel than needed to get into pan? So, try another gallon in it. As the other guy said-Turn the key and listen for the pump to operate. After a minute Try starter. Car should start.

If, unsuccessful? You've two more options before condemning pump. Loosen main fuel line at rail connection. Have someone else turn key ON. While you observe fuel line. Keep a rag over connection. Fuel pressure can be as high as 40 psi. If, fuel sprays out of connection? You are AOK. What used to be called Vapor Lock is all that happened. IE air in line. Tighten connection. Allow fuel to evaporate and retry.

The other is that the pump sucked debris up and the filter is now clogged. Replace and you're good.

No Luck? Now condemn the pump. even still operating it can be clogged. Or, worn from being ran dry. It also overheats and fails completely when run dry. There's also a screen filter on pump inlet. That can get clogged.

Getting tank out is only choice on pump failure. Just over view whatever is needed to remove and be careful. Pump is easy to pull out. Once tank on ground.

BTW. even drained a tank has vapor embedded in it. So, leave it outdoors while working. Our neighbor just torched his house (June). Put tank from Ford Ranger in garage and left. Garage caught on fire and burnt house bad enough to be condemned.

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