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    Ran out of diesel (Astra Mk4/G 98)

    My 98 Astra DI LS has ran out of diesel. After putting more in it seems sluggish, it wont pick u any speed, it slowly climbs to about 50mph and drops and it's even worse when going up any sort of hill.

    I've been told i'll have sucked loads of air into the engine?

    Whats the best way to fix it?

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    In a diesel car when you run out of fuel, you need to bleed the system through aswell.
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    the car starts no problem so i've also been told it should be okay?

    i wouldnt know where to start with bleeding the engine

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    You'll have to take it to a garage then mate.

    Yes it'll start fine as there'll be fuel in the system as the fuel pump will push it through when you've filled up, but you need to have it bled to get the air out, and it'll run fine again.

    If you don't know how to do it, I'm afraid you're going to have to find a mechanic to do it.
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    try bleeding it mate, could have a slight airlock in the system, crack open one of the injectors and it should realease it. failing that its garage time
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    Quote Originally Posted by gazTD View Post
    Yes it'll start fine as there'll be fuel in the system as the fuel pump will push it through when you've filled up.
    No, the Di engines the fuel is pulled from the tank towards the engine as the pump is run off the timing belt, so if it has air in the system it just wont start.

    As your car is running, it sounds like a different issue. Have you checked to see if any codes are in the ECU?

    Just to note, you CAN bleed your fuel system yourself.

    You'll need a can of diesel.

    Take the top off the fuel filter (it's bolted to the bulk head)
    Fill the fuel filter to the brim with diesel, refit the top and bolt down.

    Crank over the engine a few times, and stop.

    Repeat numerous times (it could take 10+) the idea is not to crank it over much so the fuel get sucked towards the engine without the fuel emptying totally out the filter.

    (You my need a booster pack as it takes alot out the battery)

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    I would change the filter first and then carry on as above^^^^^^^^^^

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    ^Fair shout^

    Thanks Pewsey, missed that bit out.

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