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I ran out of diesel today!

What a muppet! I knew I was low but the petrol station was closed. I reckoned I'd be OK for the journey ahead, based on the characteristics of the fuel gauge in my old Selespeed - but I was wrong! The bloody gauge said there was a bit left and I conked out on the bloody M25!

Luckily I'd just started on the slip road down to South Mimms on my way to the A1. I pulled over and set about walking to the service station a short distance away when who should appear but 2 Shining Knights of the Highways Agency! After (more than) a little prompting, they proffered a lift to said fuel emporium where I stocked up on 5L of the black stuff. They were going to let me walk back (to teach me a lesson no doubt) but one of them had to use the facilities and I collared him as he emerged! A lift back as well then!

Anyways, she was a ***** to start up - I must have been turning her over for a good 60s in total and then she finally fired. I gave the HA guy the thumbs up and then she promptly died again . A couple more turn-overs and she started for good, seemingly running a little hesitantly but settling down eventually.

Now then, this is my 1st diesel. Why was she so hard to start and have I done any damage? I didn't know whether to give her any throttle when turning her over (can you flood a diesel?) but I did eventually, a few pumps of the foot.

And how about the old anecdotal thing 'ooh, you'll have pulled a load of crap into the injectors...'. Will I have? And will a few good blats clear it?

I'm mildly worried - help!
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Re: I ran out of diesel today!

Always been told never to run a diesel out as you have bleed it all ??
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Re: I ran out of diesel today!

you have 2 pumps on your car a lift pump in the tank and the pressure pump under the bonnet the lift pump isnt the most powerful and because you ran it dry it would take a little while to fill the pipes filter and then get to the pump. I wouldnt have thought you have done any damage but if you are concerned then change your fuel filter.
if it ever happens again or to prime your new filter put the ignition on and listen for the pump in the tank when it stops ign off and back on again this should fill the filter so you dont have to crank it over for long
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