• Tiny
  • rintoul
  • 2003 Vauxhall Astra
  • 75,500 miles

My vauxhall astra is sitting at 1000 rpm but when you up the revs it dies I got the garage to have a look and they said I needed the exhuast changed and the catilic converter but it is still doing the same. This only happened when I ran out off petrol.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 11:54 AM

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  • Tiny
  • Wrenchtech
  • Expert
  • 20,406 posts

In tank fuel pumps are cooled and lubricated by the fuel in the tank. When you run a car out of gas or very low, it pumps a lot of air through the pump which overheats it and causes some severe wear and many times, failure when they cool off.
You will need to use a fuel pressure gauge to verify this

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 12:30 PM

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