my step sons van a 2001 chevy venture had a bad gas gauge which we all knew.
van quit one night after midnite, I asked is it out of gas. No its fine, he just added gas
had van towed to a convenient chain type garage. I called them in the AM, and said it might be out of gas........
They called back and said battery is bad, it dead.
Found out step son cranked it till battery died. I guess he missed that info dont crank when he got his license:(
Garage installed new battery, and reported fuel pump must be bad, van starts a little with starting fluid,.
OK install new fuel pump which will fix the non working gauge too.
Garage called back, reported van still wouldnt start.. I again said are you sure its not out of gas? No we checked that.......
3 days later garage gave up, I paid the 888 bucks:( and had van towed to dealer who was busy. A few days later they looked at van, put in 1 gallon of gas and van ran fine.
ALL THAT WAS WRONG ALL ALONG WAS VAN OUT OF GAS..
After the van ran fine for a week I called the chain garage and said we need to talk I suggest your office:)
I asked whats the most embarasing problem this could of been? The manager said we forgot to plug in the fuel pump? NOPE IT WAS out of gas.....
The garage has treated me well in the past. So I wasnt really mad, but did think they owed me something.
I suggested they replace the fuel pump in my matching venture, which also had a bad gauge. I paid for the pump, garage ate the labor.......
all because step son ran out of gas:(