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2006 Mazda Tribute ran out of gas. it will not start, engine

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2006 Mazda Tribute ran out of gas. it will not start, engine turns does not start. I have replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter. Valve cover gasket has been replaced.
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: Engine turns. No engine lights and a scan tool shown no problem. The battery is three years old and has no issue.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am hoping to fix it myself. I replaced the fuel pump, valve cover gasket, and the spark plugs.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: it is not a fuse issue. My son ran the fuel tank out.
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

When you turn the key to the run position can you hear the fuel pump buzz for a few seconds?

Sometimes you need a helper to either listen or turn the key for you.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The fuel pump is engaging. the fuel is making it to the fuel bar. I replaced the valve cover gasket because the plugs were covered with oil. I replaced the plugs also.
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

Have you attempted to start it with supplemental fuel? Try spraying fuel (or starting fluid, WD40-anything flammable really) in the intake duct and then crank it and see if it will run.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No, I have not. I will give a try.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
it did not start...turned did not start.
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

Ok. So we have a spark issue. Do you have a scan tool to check for cranking RPM?

Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

Is it the 4 cylinder or 6?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It is a four cylinder, I have a scan tool. I will check that.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It did not give me a cranking rpm. It said the CAT not ready.
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

So it showed no cranking RPM or the scan tool wasn't able to show it?

Does it seem to communicate normally with the PCM?

When cranking does it sound like there is any unusual engine noise?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It seems to be communicating. No unusual noise from the engine
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

Watch the check engine light while you crank the engine over.
If the check engine light stays on while you are cranking, this usually indicates you are not receiving a good crankshaft position signal.
Access the crankshaft position sensor and unplug it. Now, put your volt meter across the pins of the sensor, set your volt meter to read AC voltage. Then, crank the engine.
A good crankshaft position sensor should be able to put out .5 AC volts or more while the engine is cranking.
If there is no output, check the tone ring before replacing the sensor.
If the output at the sensor is ok, suspect damaged wiring between the sensor and the PCM.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Engine light does not stay on while the engine is cranking
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

When you replaced the valve cover gasket nothing looked unusual in there right? Like a timing issue? If your valve cover doesn't have a baffle on the oil fill can you see the cam rotating as you crank?

This problem is a little odd. It doesn't have the normal symptoms of a 2.3l mazda motor.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No nothing looked unusual. Cam is rotating.
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

At this point I think you'll need to check for output at the crank sensor.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ok.
Expert:  Jared D replied 8 months ago.

Please let me know if you need any additional info or if you make and progress on checking the crank sensor output.

Expert:  Jared D replied 7 months ago.

I wanted to see if you need any more help with this one.

Please let me know if you do.

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