2000 Pontiac Sunfire Ran out of gas, still won't start

Tiny
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2000 Pontiac Sunfire 4 cyl

Hi, I ran my 2000 pontiac sunfire out of gas today. Put 2 gallons back in, but the car will just turn over and not start. It acts like it's still out of gas, but I can smell gas while I'm trying to start it. What could this be? Or maybe do I need to give it more time, or pump more?
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 AT 7:45 PM

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Tiny
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Hello
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The fuel needs to be "sucked" into the system. Turn your key until you hear fuel pump kick in. The pump will run for 3-4 seconds. Then turn key off and turn back again. Do this several times so the fuel can be pressurized through the lines and reach the engine. Let me know how it turns out.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 AT 8:08 PM
Tiny
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I did that for a while last night and this morning with a lil more success, sounding better, but not starting. I checked the filter, it seemed clogged so we replaced that, but its still doing the same thing. I can hear the fuel pump coming on and off, and when I was under the car with my had on the bottom of the fuel tank, with someone turning the key on and off, I could feel it and hear it. It didn't have any other problems before it ran out. Any ideas?
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Saturday, April 25th, 2009 AT 4:55 PM
Tiny
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Ok, update, I got some starter fluid and sprayed it in the throttle, the car started (yeah!) But died as soon as I hit the gas. We did this several times, and everytime it would run for a second or 2, then die. I was told it could be the Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator, to check and see if its clogged, but I can't find it! Can you give me a good idea, or even better, a pic of where it is! Thanks!
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Saturday, April 25th, 2009 AT 9:34 PM
Tiny
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The fuel pressure regulator is located on the throttle body of the 1.0L engine and it is located on the fuel rail for the 3.0L engine.
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Saturday, April 25th, 2009 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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My car's a 2.2L, would it be in the same place?
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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 AT 10:30 AM
Tiny
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Yes, the 2.2L engine's fuel pressure regulator is on the fuel rail as well. The fuel pressure regulator (2) has an O-ring (4) at the top where it enters the fuel rail (1), and is held by a retaining screw (3) on the bracket


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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 AT 11:18 AM
Tiny
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After I cleaned out the fuel regulator, it started right up! Thanks for the help!
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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 AT 6:02 PM
Tiny
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Great, we're glad you got your vehicle fixed.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 AT 6:03 PM

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