|Running on Empty|
|House name||Franklin W. Dixon|
|Ghostwriter||Larry Mike Garmon|
|Cover artist||Brian Kotzky|
|Publication date||February 1990|
|Media type||Print (Paperbacks)|
|Series||Hardy Boys Casefiles|
|Preceded by||The Dead Season|
|Followed by||Danger Zone|
|The Hardy Boys Encyclopedia|
- "It takes a cool customer to put a hot car on ice."
- — Tagline, from the front cover
Chet's borrowed Corvette has been hot-wired, and Chet is steamed. But when he tries to nab the crooks, he gets nabbed instead. Frank and Joe put the pedal to the metal, in pursuit of Chet's kidnappers.
The brothers go undercover to get the drop on a chopshop ring -- and find themselves riding with some pretty fast company. The hot Caddys, Camaros, and Corvettes are burning up the road, putting the Hardys on a crash course with danger. If they don't hit the curves just right, they'll be eating the care thieves' dust.