How to start a car after running out of oil?

Running out of oil is a common problem that car owners encounter. If you have ever been stranded on the side of the road with an empty engine, then this blog post will help you understand how to start your car after running out of oil. 

5 ways you can start a car after running out of oil

Ask for help

This is the easiest way to get your car started after you run out of oil. If you are lucky enough to find someone with a can of gas, then take it and dump it in your tank.

Since cars run on gasoline, any extra fuel should help get your engine started even if there isn’t much left. Just be sure that the person giving you the gas has a good faith that you will take care of their generosity by giving back what they offer or at least paying them back for it later.

Please note that the below methods are just in case you’re in an emergency and to get your car going. It’s better to ask someone for help. This is because these methods can damage your engine in the long run.

Use cooking oil

If there is an open fast-food restaurant in the area, then you can use their cooking oil to start your car. Just make sure that you either have a container with you or can get into the restaurant without being seen by security cameras or employees. After finding the cooking oil, pour it into your engine through the oil cap and let it run for a few minutes before trying to start your car. This will give the cooking oil time to mix with what little gas might be left in your tank so that when you turn on the ignition, it will allow your engine to finally startup.

Try Adding Alcohol

Running out of gas is never good news but if you happen to find yourself stranded with a car that has a full tank of gas but no oil, then you should try adding alcohol to the engine. This is because alcohol burns cleaner than gasoline and will help accelerate your vehicle after it finally star

Get help from Mother Nature

If there are any trees near where you are stranded, then take some branches and use them to create a small fire to start your car early. Do this with caution since the spark produced by the engine when starting can easily cause a forest fire if not tended to carefully or put out completely before ignition takes place.

Borrow Gasoline

While this is not one of the five easiest ways to get your car started after running out of oil, borrowing gasoline might prove to be the most effective way of getting your vehicle running. The best place to borrow from is a nearby gas station or auto parts store. Talk to one of the employees and they’ll most likely be willing to help you out as long as you can pay them back for their generosity later on.


As you can see, there are five different ways that you can use to get your car running after it’s been abandoned due to an empty gas tank.

However, of the five mentioned above, we do not suggest doing them without someone else around. This is because of how dangerous and potentially deadly each and every one of these methods actually is. If you find yourself stranded with a car that has run out of oil and gasoline then it’s best if you ask for help from others before using any of the methods listed above. That way you won’t risk losing your life or possibly hurting anyone else who might be in the area when trying to start up your vehicle on your own.

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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