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Unhappy Ran out of Gas - Now it won't start (2011)

Ugh.


I lost the I-think-I-can-make-it game and ran out of gas Sunday morning.


After getting about a third of a tank of gas into it, my Sonata won't start.


It started 4 times randomly, and the rest of the time it just tried to catch and wont.


Battery is fine. I can hear the fuel pump working when I turn the car on. Starter seems to be TRYING to work. Checked all the fuses and relays.


Car started Sunday morning after running out of gas, and ran for about 30 minutes, including 2 miles to get home. Wouldn't start for a few minutes after I got it home, but then started up again. Shut it off, and wouldn't start again until a few hours later: ran for 45 to 60 minutes in the driveway. It would not start again the rest of Sunday, and all day Monday.


Wouldn't start again until Tuesday afternoon. Ran for about 30 minutes in the driveway, drove about 15 miles to the mechanic, stayed running for another hour there - and now it won't start again.


Mechanic does not seem to know what it could be. I really don't want to take it to Hyundai so that they can charge me triple


Any ideas guys? I really need help and I am out of work. I can't afford for the dealer to charge me dealer repair prices.
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Ugh.


I lost the I-think-I-can-make-it game and ran out of gas Sunday morning.


After getting about a third of a tank of gas into it, my Sonata won't start.


It started 4 times randomly, and the rest of the time it just tried to catch and wont.


Battery is fine. I can hear the fuel pump working when I turn the car on. Starter seems to be TRYING to work. Checked all the fuses and relays.


Car started Sunday morning after running out of gas, and ran for about 30 minutes, including 2 miles to get home. Wouldn't start for a few minutes after I got it home, but then started up again. Shut it off, and wouldn't start again until a few hours later: ran for 45 to 60 minutes in the driveway. It would not start again the rest of Sunday, and all day Monday.


Wouldn't start again until Tuesday afternoon. Ran for about 30 minutes in the driveway, drove about 15 miles to the mechanic, stayed running for another hour there - and now it won't start again.


Mechanic does not seem to know what it could be. I really don't want to take it to Hyundai so that they can charge me triple


Any ideas guys? I really need help and I am out of work. I can't afford for the dealer to charge me dealer repair prices.
Greetings, my mind goes to the fuel pump. It is lubricated by the gasoline. if you tried to start after it ran out of gas before putting gas in it may have damaged the pump. Also, if you had gunk in your fuel tank, running it out and then putting gas in could have stirred it up and plugged the filter causing it to heat up and stop running. Either way, bummer!

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Based on your description of the problem I was going to also suggest the fuel pump. As himilcyclr stated the fuel pump is lubricated by the gasoline. If you ran out of gas and the issue started, which sounds like a fuel problem, it could be related. Unfortunately I do not know much about what you can do to try and fix it, is it still under warranty?

next time, try to not let your tank run so low on gasoline. I just read on "fuelly" under their "tips" section to not let the tank get too close to bone dry because this makes the fuel pump work harder. The article mentioned this because somebody suggested "do not fill up your car's tank of gas all the way because added weight reduces MPG". Sorry to veer slightly off topic but just thought it was worth a mention in case that's what you're doing with your gas tank. Either way, keep us updated and hope somebody can chime in with some helpful troubleshooting steps

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-17-2014, 08:06 PM
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I have a 2011 that is doing the same thing. How did u ever get it going?
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