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Burned Out The Fuel Pump

December 13, 2007 about Ford Taurus

Went 15 miles and ran out of gas. Added 3 gallons of gas and it wouldn't turn over. Evidently 1996-1999 Ford Taurus have a nasty habit of burning out the fuel pump when they run out of gas. $400 repair.

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April 21, 2008 by The smart guy

Evidently-I don't trust Ford. And this is a good story to back me up. Thanks

May 7, 2008 by Sean

Idiots running cars out of gas. Fuel is used to cool and lubricate the pump. Have fun fixing those $400 pumps.

May 7, 2008 by toyotaowner

my toyota did the same thing, its a 2008. Same issues with every manufacturer. I actualy hate this thing. Worst pice of garbage I have ever owned. I will trade it in for a mustang in about a month. I am tired of going to the dealer.

May 8, 2008 by moron

you guys are morons try to keep tank over quarter mark

June 3, 2008 by Hurricane

Bad Ford Engineering, I have owned 15 cars in my life, all of various makes, only Fords ever burned out when ran empty.

June 3, 2008 by huggy bear

all modern fuel pumps are the same design as fords. dont run out of gas morons.

June 17, 2008 by DuneBuster

Gasoline flowing thru the fuel line = cooling for the pump. When you run out of gas the engine stops but the fuel pump runs until you key off. If you keep it running and there is no gas, you burn the pump out. Sooooo.... if you run it out of gas, take the key out until you re-fuel. It's not a stupid design, this is just a result of user stupidity.. If it happened to you, well welcome the the 9 sigma club otherwise know as the gateway to the Darwin Awards. You are so far from normal, you deserve everything you get..

July 6, 2008 by cat

well.. you should have seen this coming. given you drive a ford..

July 6, 2008 by cat1

yeah.. the taurus is probably the most dysfunctional car in America. just behind the neon.

July 6, 2008 by Thumper719

Get rid of a Toyota for a Mustang?!?!? yea, you would burn up your fuel pump. Dune Buster has it down. Fluid type pumps such as oil, fuel, hydraulic etc. use the fluid to keep the pump cool as well as lubricated. Unfortunately however, not many people are aware of this and it will happen to more. Just remember to cut the vehicle off when you run out of gas.

July 10, 2008 by a big fat grandpa who wants to be christina aguilara and is a crossdresser

hello

July 10, 2008 by Shaun

Toyota sux Drive anything but Toyota.

August 26, 2008 by jonny cooper

The fuel pump in a toyota might suck when its empty, but i did 300 miles in my toyota townace with no water in and it ran fine until i got stuck in traffic.

October 19, 2008 by Chris

I agree with someone else, don't run out of gas!!! You know you're gonna need to get it anyway, so why take a chance. I let mine get as low as possible only once to see how many miles I got on a full tank of gas. My car has 160000 miles on it,and I don't want to pay for any repairs caused by pure stupitidy. Always add more when it runs down to about 1/4th of a tank. Your car will thank you for it.

December 12, 2008 by LittleBill

I agree with everyone who says don't run low on fuel, but dunebuster is wrong. When the engine stalls, the fuel pump does not keep running. It will stop running until you turn the key on again and it only will run for a couple seconds then if the engine doesn't start.

January 15, 2009 by Spongebob

who cares?

January 26, 2009 by MLK

I don't know why people wait till the last minute to fill up ?? It does NOT save you money to wait to fill up. If you have a 1/4 tank left and fill up, it make cost you about $30, If you are totally on empty, it may cost you $35. In any case, whether you fill up when you are running on a 1/4 or an empty tank, you will get the same exact mileage, Don't you people think ?? Idiots man

March 4, 2009 by Rax

In Kenya most motorists run very low on fuel so that in case you are car-jacked the thugs wont drive you too far away before the tank is dry.We prefer less than 1/4 tank at any one time so running out of fuel is a normal occurrence

May 15, 2009 by smartguy

lol at all the idiots saying its bad engineering on fords part. its your damn fault for running out of gas dont blame your ignorance on ford. take some responsibilty for once.

January 22, 2010 by shoes4walkin'

At least they are getting plenty of exercize.

March 3, 2010 by seriously

you're all a bunch of fuckin douchebags

March 10, 2010 by ronaldo

just comment and move on, some twat always has to argue somewhere about something. Take it as a laugh!

March 12, 2010 by eric

my engine isnt loud at all. i accidently left the engine running, locked the keys in the car, and went the whole day without knowing that. Now my fuel pump is broken :/

March 30, 2010 by not ur grandma's ford taurus

half these people are retarded... theres nothing wrong with the ford taurus. the only reason there is so many bad reports on it as well as many other ford models is because they are more common than any other car. its not fuckin rocket science. it might be nice to be a spoiled rich little shitbag and drive a $50,000 car but most of us arent, and cant always afford to fill up when we're supposed to. i have worked my ass off to customize a 05 taurus w/supercharged duratec,NOS,and a body kit.my car will ruin alost any stock car on the market.i cant stand conceided assholes like you who post useless, ignorant, shit just because ur fucked in the head n like to piss people off. u should just do the world a favor and kill ur selves, so normal people like us can find the usefull information we're looking for,rather than a page full of brain farts left by some chevy tailpipe fucker!

March 30, 2010 by not ur grandma's ford taurus

half these people are retarded... theres nothing wrong with the ford taurus. the only reason there is so many bad reports on it as well as many other ford models is because they are more common than any other car. its not fuckin rocket science. it might be nice to be a spoiled rich little shitbag and drive a $50,000 car but most of us arent, and cant always afford to fill up when we're supposed to. i have worked my ass off to customize a 05 taurus w/supercharged duratec,NOS,and a body kit.my car will ruin alost any stock car on the market.i cant stand conceided assholes like you who post useless, ignorant, shit just because ur fucked in the head n like to piss people off. u should just do the world a favor and kill ur selves, so normal people like us can find the usefull information we're looking for,rather than a page full of brain farts left by some chevy tailpipe fucker!

April 15, 2010 by mark maycock

Running low on fuel can also wreck your catalytic converter. Thats gay

July 13, 2010 by Hello

People. People. People. Your all bitching about a stupid thing. No matter what type of make of car you have anything can go wrong with any type of vechicale. Its called wear and tare on a car.

August 5, 2010 by free registry cleaner

good share, great article, very usefull for us...thank you

August 10, 2010 by finance personal software

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September 15, 2010 by Common Sense

For all the people who read this that think that certain fuel pumps are crap and running your car low (yes low, not even empty) on gas doesn't damage the pump in any way... go out and drain the oil and antifreeze out of your engine and start driving. When it seizes, please come back to this forum and post how crappy your motor is. Fuel is the lubricant and coolant for your pump. Running low or out is the equivalent to running low on coolant and oil for your engine. You are damaging your pump and blaming it on the manufacturer. Use some common sense... keep you tank above 1/4!

December 9, 2010 by intelligent remarks

People talk about common sense and the like, I'm not blaming anyone except the person that took my gf car out for a joy ride, and put it back with an empty tank, and didn't say anything. So we go to start her car the next day (remote start, like usual) and bam, no gas, put some in there, nothing, so its burned out. Shit happens, you cant sit here and say you haven't done something stupid in your life, you talk about common sense, well, maybe its not common to someone who doesn't know anything about cars, Personally, I never learned about cars, I know how to fix plumbing, heating, i can weld, I can fix and build computers, I can build furniture, i can even build and repair paintball guns, but whats "common" to me, may not be to you, so don't be a retard and say shit like that to an ignorant person. If you were stick welding next to me and you caught yourself on fire, i wouldn't call you stupid, well, i would laugh, but i wouldn't call you stupid, I would put you out and ask if you would ever do it again?

January 20, 2011 by Common Sense

I'm not saying that accidents don't happen. I think people should learn about something before they do it. I would like to learn to weld. Since I have never done it, I should probably learn something about welding before attempting it. Remember, at the beginning of this article, people are blaming the pump and bitching about it. They caused the failure, not the pump. The only "retard" here is the person that bitches about something they don't understand.

February 27, 2011 by ford driver

I had the old style taurus at first.Trade in for the new style 2008. First problem, the back driver side sound like it was felling off. Dealership said it was the brakes and something else,ok i still had to keep taking it back.Still makes a loud nosie.Now the front sounds like its felling apart when you put on the brakes. the dealership say that the taurus just has a bad brake system.I LOVE MY taurus when i first got it, but now i would not tell no one to but a Taurus.it sounds like a pile of JUNK.

March 7, 2011 by kate

so, if my fuel pump has melted and I always drive with a quarter tank, is there any other reason it could melt??

March 20, 2011 by yay

my moms sister ran her car out of gas and the fuel pump does work but its coming appart inside because we thought maybe the fuel tank had crap on the bottom and the prescreen had a hole in it but it didnt and after all that work come to find out the pump was run dry but always running 1/4 tank melts the pump to because the pump is only about half covered in fuel so they still get hot just takes longer to melt down because they always have fuel

March 29, 2011 by sukapunch

I got my first car (used) with 130,000 miles. After driving it for 8 months (20,000 added miles) always on an empty tank, the fuel pump died. 400 dollar replacement :|... i dont know about the rest but driving on a empty tank for me was not really a choice, it had something to do more with the lack of funds for fuel. But yeah dont learn the hard way and put gas to your car! btw my car is not a ford, i got nothing against ford, my car is a mitsubishi galant.

May 13, 2011 by Tim

It's funny how everyone here is making remarks about users. If anyone here ever had to support users in their daily life they would sound like idiots. It's a bad design, because I don't think a use case exists where if you run out of fuel the car dies. If one does then they are idiots, for poorly supporting their users needs. If not then it's bad design.

May 28, 2011 by Blondie1

Wow! As long as you take care of your car, it will be fine. Taurus or not, never run it on empty. Duh! :P

July 15, 2011 by John in Chico

Lots of missinformation here. Runing out of fuel will not burn out the pump motor. The 1980's through 1990's fuel pump systems were of course first generation and things were learned. The pump motor brushes were the cause for the pumps failing. An open circut. A comment above: Running out of fuel will ruin the catalitic convertor.... I'm sorry but that's WTF. A catalytic convertor will burn up (melt) by having excessive and unberned fuel entering the exhaust system caused by, for instance, a thermostat that has failed and is partially stuck open. This prevents the coolant from reaching proper coolant temperatures, usually 192 degrees. A stuck thermostat will lower the coolant temps (even just to 180 degrees, and force the PCM to deliver excessive fuel. That cannot happen when a tank runs dry.

August 4, 2011 by Teliamagaret

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September 8, 2011 by vasilis

my car's pump is located under the tank. can it be damaged by the same reason ?

October 15, 2011 by oliver

its just funny that in europe i never heard of a failing/burned fuel pump but once (and my stepfather even had a car-dealership/gm-repairshop.) why would u run your car empty? there is a display to prevent running out of fuel in the first place, so no design flaw. idling (like almost everyone is doin over here) heats up the pump, since there is only minimal fuel-flow. remote start? what for? can your car drive alone?? if its to cool/heat, there are sollutions that work without the need to run the engine.... anyway it comes down to USER fault.

October 25, 2011 by me

My friend ran out of gas one time but she drove a chevy tahoe, I realize, totally different car but my point is, and I am in no way a mechanic, that when the car ran out of gas the car wouldn't start anymore even once gas was put back in. So after about a week or two of obviously mis informed people who didn't really know about cars couldn't figure out the problem one car smart guy says it's probably just a fuse and sure enough when she ran out of gas it blew this fuse and that's all it ended up needing, simple and cheap! So could this possibly be the issue and not the fuel pump???

October 30, 2011 by Misslissa

Live and learn! Wow, cant believe how nasty ppl r!!! Really, u have to be that rude?

November 4, 2011 by jt

Ford suvks.I had 3 fuel pumps.Twice in the year,my fuel pump burned out and I had gas in my tank.Ford and Firestone really suck. .

November 25, 2011 by Russell

All manufacturers use the same pump design. If you cavitate the pump by running it out of gasoline you will burn out the fuel pump regadless of brand. If you are going to continually run your vehicle low on gas use a little marvel mystery oil mixed with your gasoline to help lubricate the pump. This will help prolong the life of your fuel pump. If you have to replace your fuel pump use a new pump made by a reputable company like Bosch, AC Delco or Motorcraft.

December 30, 2011 by Barb

I personally have a Ford and I am not happy with it. I am trying everything I can to get it back in top shape because I confess, I am guilty of letting it go. When I have managed to replace everything, I will let you know if it was my own stupid error of poor maintenance or the manufacturers fault. I say it was my own fault. We cant blame our vehicles for our mistakes.....

February 27, 2012 by nunya

where the fuck did you guys learn how to spell? how does a question about a ford taurus having problems go from talking about a toyota, and a mustang? did any of you even answer the persons question, no you didnt, instead you knocked fords, but without fords your stupid chevys, dodges, toyotas or any other car on the road wouldnt be here, fords started it all, and have had years to progress, ford f150 has been the number one best selling truck on the road, ford mustang has been the longest running n most sold muscle/pony car on the road, now ask yourself why and grow the fuck up, sorry i couldnt answer your question,im no mechanic and dont pretend to be

March 24, 2012 by gigi

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May 12, 2012 by Ivan H

All cars with modern electronic fuel injection have high pressure pumps usually located in the tank so the gas can cool and lubricate the pump. Take away the gas and leave the ignition on you will burn out the pump. I have known of Chevys, Toys, Hondas, Nissans and other cars that this has happened to. When you run out of gas, turn the key off and get some gas. Do not try to restart until you have put gas in the tank. If you really want to have fun, run out of gas, turn the key off, blow air into the tank and turn the ignition back on. With luck the tank will remove itself from the car in an explosion making it a lot easier to replace the fuel pump.

May 23, 2012 by Menelom

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January 29, 2013 by E Eddie Edwards

Yer all stupid. If U run outta gas U deserve to have something happen. Don't B a complete moron. Keep 1/4 tank of fuel in yer vehicle AT ALL TIMES!!! That all I have to say about that.

January 31, 2013 by Molly

You guys are so funny,........

March 11, 2013 by Gumby the Greasemonkey

If you do run your fuel tank excessively low and are at the filling station dont immediately fill up but park for 10 minutes or so to let the fuel pump cool off. Then proceed to put the first 3 gallons in slowly and this will prevent the cold fuel from causing rapid temperature change inside the pump which will definetly cause internal wire breakage in the pump over repeated cycles. This is especially true for Chevrolets. Many failures occur for this exact reason and when the vehicle comes in on the hook,the fuel tank is usually full for this reason. Also if the fuel pump does quit,booting the bottom of the tank will usually start the pump to run the vehicle long enough to move it into the shop under its own power!

April 1, 2013 by Oftoma

You will need to reset the inertia sciwth. This is found in the passenger side under dash at floor under the carpet or in the passenger side kick panel. This needs to be reset after fuel pump replacement. Then check the fuel pump fuse to make sure it is good.

April 1, 2013 by Oftoma

You will need to reset the inertia sciwth. This is found in the passenger side under dash at floor under the carpet or in the passenger side kick panel. This needs to be reset after fuel pump replacement. Then check the fuel pump fuse to make sure it is good.

April 1, 2013 by Oftoma

You will need to reset the inertia sciwth. This is found in the passenger side under dash at floor under the carpet or in the passenger side kick panel. This needs to be reset after fuel pump replacement. Then check the fuel pump fuse to make sure it is good.

May 23, 2013 by OK..

Oh my i came on here for some info and reieved life stories and people bitching about nothing i say if you dont have the answer please dont post and if you have more then the answer leave out the more part and just post the answer...ok dont run out of gas we all know that now ok some people dont like fords (wtf) got that now the end nothing more to say to some it all up thats all that was wort reading

May 23, 2013 by correction IG

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May 23, 2013 by OK..

Oh my i came on here for some info and reieved life stories and people bitching about nothing i say if you dont have the answer please dont post and if you have more then the answer leave out the more part and just post the answer...ok dont run out of gas we all know that now ok some people dont like fords (wtf) got that now the end nothing more to say to some it all up thats all that was wort reading

August 28, 2013 by Johnny

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August 28, 2013 by Johnny

Even if the fuel tank is low on fuel, the fuel is still flowing through the pump assembly thus removing heat without the fuel pump being submerged.

October 8, 2013 by me

Thanks for the info ;)

October 9, 2013 by out of gas

Why the hell are people calling others names over running out of fuel, hah shows how insecure the people saying idiot an moron. Hows your home lives prolly lonely as fuck huh.

November 23, 2013 by All vehicles that run on fuel

Any car that runs on fuel will burn the fuel pump if you continuously drive on low fuel light on not just Ford you moron.

December 5, 2013 by avatar

I owned 3 cars and would drive a different one for a week and then garage it after a carwash. Apparently during that one week of storage the pump would run dry and I had to replace the fuel pump in the Taurus. However when I ran out of gas with my Toyota Camry the catalytic converter failed.

February 22 by Lief

For my 2013 SX4, I try to only gas up once a calendar month, but in the Winter it's hard to go more then 2 weeks before getting low. My gas tank is 50 litres and when the gas light comes on there should be 1/5th left. And then I get gas. That's not bad, eh? Lief from Winnipeg

March 12 by TIM

I have a 1996 GMC sierra 4x4 and it ran OUT of gas on remote start, the truck sits on the side of the house parked until I.need.to use it. My kid starts my remote start in the am so I can take him to school. I went out.to.start my truck that when I last.checked.had 1/4 tank (yes I should havefilled it.but.I don't have $80 to.fuel a vehicle we aren't driving), I turn the key and crank it over and it.won't start. I see the gas gage is BELOW E, so ii am out of gas. I add gas and it.still won't start. Uh oh I put.gas in and it still won't start. Now I figure crap, a fried pump. But I nope have no power through relay, and.the related fuses are all ok. WTF.... So other than being an idiot, can anyone say what the uck is wrong? PS my son apologized saying he has STARTED THE TRUCK MANY TIMES by mistake in the morning.

March 29 by Batman

Replace the relay and and turn on key and listen to hear if the fuel pump is running! or try to start it.

June 13 by G MAN

Can't we talk about something else I'm bored now . Let's talk about train spoting instead x

July 11 by TIM

WHAT I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND, is when the vehicle runs out of gas and stalls, with the. Loss of fuel pressure, the pump should shut off. Well not only did it run out of gas, but the truck blew fuses for ac radio, and turn signals. Replaced pump, changed fuses but it took out my radio my Kennwood krc608, and the af coil won't energize unless I jump af relay #30 to #87 oh and the gas gage won't read. Also no power to fuse #8 or #14. Truck now starts and runs. I replaced radio that actually fried the microswitches for activation when the faceplate goes to play position. Haven't solved fuse problem or ac coil prob. Yes it has Freon and also I have blower and vent activation.

September 3 by Jack Ass

Is this the angry a-hole forum?

October 4 by Garfy

Sure a lot of angry people on hear , I think it's a bad design I wish they put the pumps back on the engine an further more even out climbing hills with a 1/4 of a tank the pumps are in the middle of the tank and all the fuel is in the back same when you come back down the mountain my 93 ford has a 30 gal tank and pump is 6 inches high so really I need a hundred bucks in there at all times just to keep pump cool eh why do need all that extra gas when I can't use anyway it's extra weight and probably don't help during a collision just my 2 bits and to the guy who posted go on utube the guys post replies are just trying to help u Pay it forward people !

1 day ago by canada goose parka

Music started playing as soon as I opened this blog, so irritating!

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