I ran my 2000 diesel VW Beetle out of gas. Before taking it to the mechanic, I want to see if I can fix the problem. I'm pretty sure nothing I do will screw it up worse than it already is.
The problem with the diesel is that it does not have a push pump in the tank, so when it's run out of gas, the system sucks air and dies. I know (from reading and from talking to the mechanic who dealt with this problem before) that I need to bleed the air out of the fuel system. I gather that if the air is in the system between the tank and the filter, I can do this pretty easily. If it's between the filter and the engine, then the air has gotten into my injection pump and I'm screwed.
1. Am I correct in that understanding?
2. Does the system go tank-> injector pump-> fuel filter-> engine? Tank-> fuel filter-> injector pump-> engine? Some third thing?
3. Should I use a hand-held vacuum pump to pull the air out of the system (as recommended in comments here
)? Or is it okay to try to force it out with the starter (as recommended here
4. Anything else that I should know that I probably don't? I do not have automotive experience, but I am good at following directions.
Tomorrow I'll hit Autozone and hopefully get a Chilton or Haynes manual for my car, which (hopefully) will give me step-by-step instructions. And starting tomorrow, I am never running the tank below 1/4 again.