The car that idled way too slow
March 17, 2012 1:37 PM Subscribe
The car had run out of gas. When it got gas and finally started, it ran very strangely. How come?
posted by exphysicist345 to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The '95 Ford Thunderbird ran out of gas, completely, and was parked on the shoulder when a gallon of gas arrived and was poured into the tank. The starter was cranked, cranked, cranked to pump the gas to the engine. Finally it started, kinda, but sounded very strange. At idle, the sound from the tailpipe was a quiet pum... pum...pum pum....pum... like individual cylinders firing.
Any ideas what was going on? Does running out of gas do something to a a fuel-injected engine? (I don't know what happened thereafter, as I left in my own car.)