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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer DE 4dr Sedan Man

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
21 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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July 24, 2013, 3:39 pm

Melissa L

Question: 08 Evo X ran lean and died, cranks but won't start?

Boyfriend's brother took off with our car yesterday (we would never have let him drive it because he breaks everything he touches), we looked for him for hours, and he finally got a hold of us to say: Hey dude, your car broke down. Apparently they ran it until it was completely out of fuel, and then filled it up with 'whatever was in that gas can in the garage', and tried to drive to the gas station. They gave it a couple bucks of fuel, and started driving back and apparently the car started running lean, started acting like it was running out of gas, and died.

We now can't start the car. We aren't going to get an honest answer out of him as far as how much he abused the car while it was in his possession, but from what we can tell, we hear the fuel pump come on when we try to start the car, the car cranks, but won't start.

We've tested the relays (swapping the hi lamp and fuel pump black boxes) and they seem fine. All fuses seem to be in good condition. Fuel vacuum line is on and ziptied.

Obviously, no one wants to have to take their car to the dealer and pay for diagnostics (especially when this will likely come out to be user-error) and won't be covered anyway. We're trying to rule out as much as we can before we bleed ourselves of money to fix this kid's screw up.

What else can we trouble shoot to rule some things out? I'd like to bleed the fuel lines and see a( if the fuel pump is really trying to push fuel through,) b(the relays aren't failing), or c( if there's water,sediment, or air in the line) but I'm not sure where the fuel lines are located or how to go about doing that.

Greatly appreciative of any assistance, and thanks for your time.

July 26, 2013, 5:54 pm

Richard W
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I am sorry to here about what happened. You said the used a gas can from the garage. Do you know how old the gas was. Also did it have two stroke oil in it. The main thing with the gas can did it have al lot of dirt or junk in the fuel. If it did you could have a plugged pick up screen in the fuel tank. You really need to check the fuel pressure. Some auto part stores will rent a fuel injection pressure gauge. The pressure should be around 35-45psi. Also I would make sure you have fuel in the tank. They could have not put in any gas. I would also check for spark. Also you don't have to go to the dealer for repairs.

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