Question Asked: Are these typical symptoms of running out of gas?
September 07, 2013, 02:00 AM
Last night, I was about to drive to the gas station after work (was seriously low due to being late for work and being unable to stop), and my car started shaking when I turned it on. Then the "Check Engine" light came on, and started blinking/flashing. I carefully drove it the 500 ft or so to the nearest gas station, filled the tank halfway, and checked the oil (which was low, so I added a quart).
I decided to let the car sit for a second, let the fluids settle... and when I turned it on again, the same symptoms arose. I tried giving it a little gas, thinking that maybe I needed to get some fuel into the engine, but nothing changed.
I got it towed and I am awaiting the morning when I can go get it checked out at the local Firestone.
I have been looking up these symptoms online, and it seems that this is pretty normal. Air gets into the fuel system, the engine and on-board computer panic, and these symptoms arise.
So I guess my question is... Am I correct in thinking that these might go away with time? Is there anything else I should do?
If it helps, I have driven a vehicle that had a bad spark plug, and I could feel the misfire... The shaking KINDA feels like that. (hoping its not)
Thanks so much for your time!!!