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I ran it extremely low on gas, filled it up, half a tank

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I ran it extremely low on gas, filled it up, half a tank later while driving it died. It is as if the car is out of gas. I seem to remember a hissing sound right before it happened.
JA: How has your mileage been lately? Has the car been starting normally?
Customer: Mileage is not so good and it's usually starts fine until now
JA: What is the model/year of your Subaru?
Customer: 97 legacy wagon
JA: What year is your Legacy?
Customer: 1997
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am hoping so and I e tried nothing
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Um that's pretty much it
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** most likely means fuel filter is clogged or pump is burned out. The fuel pump uses fuel as lubrication so if you run it low it is hard on it. I'd start by replacing fuel filter. If that doesn't help then unplug fuel pump and check for good power/ground while trying to start. If power/ground is good check to see if vehicle will run on starting fluid, if so replace the fuel pump. Here are replacement instructions for filter and pump. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.