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May 24, 2016, 11:42 AM

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okay i own a 98 mercury tracer, I was below 1/4 tank of gas when I went to accelerate the car would act like it was having trouble it'd lurch for a bit for about 10 mins then ran normally no check engine light, so I just checking before it got worse just in case, I stopped to fill up the gas and it was still running normal. any advice would be appreciated.

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May 24, 2016, 12:02 PM

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often operating below 1/4 tank is not advised... refuel before that low .... never see the low fuel light.
Why not have a scan done - do NOT assume no light no code. they are FREE.
might want to look at fuel pump history, when last changed, otherwise the things to check would be long and impractical without more to go on.

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May 24, 2016, 12:30 PM

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Ditto with Kev2. You might have been that low on fuel! If not there before or lower guess you can't know for sure where a gauge reads or when a warning light if it has one comes on or doesn't work.

It's not good for pumps in anything to run dry even if all checked out seriously try not to get that low. Set trip odometer when full and watch miles as well and use that as an additional guide.

Also and start doing it is that if you think any low oil light (if equipped) is going to warn you time to quit that and check oil by hand - very much more a problem. I check many by only adding when changed to 1 qt low on purpose and quite a few don't work!

Can't tell if just this once is reason for a fuel pump change or not as IDK - they can go when they feel like it some times?


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May 24, 2016, 4:31 PM

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Those are pretty classic symptoms of a bad Mass Air Flow sensor.


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