Not sure exactly, but possibly running out of fuel caused the fuel pump to burn up. To cause a vehicle to start you need oxygen, spark, and fuel. If one of these components is missing then it will cause the vehicle not to start. Since you had a fuel issue prior to the no-start condition, I would suggest the problem lies somewhere in the fuel system. Checking for fuel pressure would be a logical response. We can move to another area if you are getting fuel pressure or flow of fuel to the engine.
The fuel pump is located in the fuel tank, this is not an ideal "quick fix", so I would like to make sure this is not the problem prior to suggesting a solution.
Sunday, February 26th, 2006 AT 1:48 PM