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Fuel Pump not sure where the fuel pump is located on my car,and thinking it is the pump.Car is cranking,but won't start.Is it located inside the gas tank?and any other suggestions for a reset,or other ideas as to what could be wrong?

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All fords have a rollover button reset inside the trunk left or right side rear quarter panels by the rear shock tower, behind the fabric lining;push button to reset , i sure fuel pump is in the tank, make sure fuel filter has been replaced first

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