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ran out of fuel - embarassing.....just plain embarassing

Alright guys, I didn't really want to post this, but I figured its better to ask and be laughed at, than to mess things up worse.

I decided to drive the truck to work today, so I started it to let it warm up, then ran back inside. I got sidetracked helping get my daughter ready to go (to help my wife get out of the house) and forgot the truck was running. When I finally got back outside ~20 minutes later, the truck wasn't running...out of fuel.
I had just filled the front tank a few days ago, but the switch was still on the rear tank. I switched back to the front tank and tried to start it. The engine turns, but no start. A few times it acted like it wanted to, but nothing.

What's the procedure to get her going? How bad did I mess up?

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Pour some diesel in the fuel bowl, you can just crank on it but it will probably take that mechanical pump a while to fill the bowl. Then its just going to take a lot of cranking to get it going again, and its gonna run like crap until all the air is worked out of the system.

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i always spray a little bit of wd-40 into the intake to start it up, it works great.

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Pour some diesel in the fuel bowl, you can just crank on it but it will probably take that mechanical pump a while to fill the bowl. Then its just going to take a lot of cranking to get it going again, and its gonna run like crap until all the air is worked out of the system.
I cranked on it for a few minutes before I decided to give up and drive the car to work. It would turn over with the starter, then briefly speed up like it was going to fire off, but then just slow back to the starter speed.

I'll take a look at it when I get home this afternoon. I just get frustrated when I do stupid stuff.

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I did that to my last truck and tried everything posted with no luck. My fuel pump took a dump when it happend. Not sure if it was coincidence or related lol

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I guess I was fortunate.
I put about 5 gallons in the tank, hooked up the battery charger for a few hours and waited, then i cycled the fuel pump a few times, then with the charger on boost, I cranked the truck. She fired up after a few seconds. Didn't smoke too much, but ran like crap. I warmed her up and ran down to fill both tanks.

I've been MUCH more careful about checking before I walk off with it running.

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