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FUEL PUMP I HAVE A 1996 FORD TAURUS AND IT WILL NOT START RAN FINE YESTURDAY SHOT SOME STARTING FLUID IN IT AND IT RAN FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW JUST CRANKS DO I HAVE A BAD FUEL PUMP????

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  • NHRA6669 Nov 03, 2008

    IT IS IDLEING FINE NOW BUT WHEN I DRIVE IT IT DIES JUST PUT A NEW FUEL FILTER ON IT SO IM STRUMPED????

  • NHRA6669 Nov 03, 2008

    IT IS IDLEING FINE NOW BUT WHEN I DRIVE IT IT DIES JUST PUT A NEW FUEL FILTER ON IT SO IM STRUMPED????

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Maybe you have a faulty fuel pump, but first is there gas in the tank? How do you know? Has your fuel guage failed? If you have added fuel recently, have you traveled far enough to burn all the fuel? You'd be surprised how often I find faulty fuel guages after spending too much time trying to diagnose a no-start suspected fuel delivery problem. If you have ANY doubt, please add 1 gallon of fuel to the tank. Now turn the key to the run position, DO NOT TRY TO START THE ENGINE! The pump should run for about 30 seconds to prime the fuel system. You should be able to hear it running in a quiet environment, but you can stick a funnel in the fuel fill inlet and listen while an assistant turns the key to the run position. (Have them shut the driver's door, the Ford Key in ingition alert chime is so loud it may prevent you from hearing the pump run) If you can hear the pump run, and you get no fuel, it's time to check the in line fuel filter that no one ever seems to get around to changing! BE CAREFUL THOUGH BECAUSE IF THE PUMP RAN, YOU JUST PRESSURIZED THE FUEL SYSTEM, AND HIGH PRESSURE FUEL SPRAY WILL GREET YOU WHEN YOU TRY TO SERVICE THE IN LINE FILTER. Also, if you've never replaced one of these Ford in line fuel filters, you will discover a retainer that will have to be dealt with for filter removal. If yours is an all-steel coupler, you will need a fuel line disconnect tool to disassemble this connection. DO NOT TRY TO DISCONNECT IT WITHOUT THAT TOOL, or you will get to enjoy the fun of replacing the entire line when you damage the coupler. If your coupler is plastic, it also has a removal plastic retainer. Make sure your new filter includes the retainer clips, they are horse-shoe shaped plastic clips. Once you see the replacements, you'll recognize what you should be looking for. Once you verify that you have two new clips, you can break the old ones to remove them, be careful NOT TO DAMAGE the couple on the line. If your pump didn't run, you'll probably need to replace it. If you don't know how to remove and replace a fuel tank, and if you don't possess the proper fuel module retainer wrench, and if you're not sure how many hoses, lines, sensors, or elecrtical connectors need to be removed, now might be a good time to seek professional assistance. BEWARE! Most mechanics won't accept a job you have started, but can not complete! They call those "basket cases" because most people bring in the removed components in some kind of basket. I always charge extra on "Basket Cases" but only if you're persuasive enough to convince me to accept the job! Long story short... Listen for the pump to run during the prime interval, if it doesn't, you can check the fuel pump relay, and the inertial switch. Usually these Ford inertial switches on Tauruses are in the trunk on the Driver's side close to the trunk lid hinge, they will pop-out kind of like a circuit breaker upon an impact with the vehicle. It's there to interrupt the fuel pump in the event of an accident. They can also be tripped by a severe chuck-hole encounter, a tow truck ride, or other various sorts of impacts. Remember, it's not a good idea to try to handle a full fuel tank without the proper equipment and training, it's not much fun with a half full tank either so be extremely careful! DO NOT EVER ATTEMPT TO WORK UNDERNEATH A VEHICLE WITHOUT SAFETY STANDS PROPERLY SUPPORTING THE VEHICLE IN A PROVEN STABLE CONDITION! Once raised and supported you must try to physically knock the vehicle off the stands to prove that it's in a stable condition BEFORE ANYONE EVER GETS UNDERNEATH IT!
This procedure involves life threatening dangers including fire hazards, explosion hazards, and danger associated with being crushed by the vehicle! ONLY PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL should attempt to perform these dangerous services. If you ignore these warnings, you do so at your own risk!

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    Jeff Giesler Nov 03, 2008

    It is probably necessary to perform a fuel pressure and volume test to see if enough fuel is being delivered. If the engine idles with throttle at 0% but dies immediately upon throttle opening, it is possible that the fuel volume is not sufficient once additional demand is placed on the fuel system. There is a fuel system test port on the fuel rail, but it takes fuel system pressure testing equipment to safely connect to and test it. I believe the system should be able to supply a minimum of 1 gal/minute at 45 PSI, but I will have to check the specs. I will clarify the spec.s late on the 3rd of Nov. and repost.

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Could be fuel pump but could also be the ignition module.Pull out a spark plug and see what sort of spark you are getting.If the spark is yellow and hard to see its the module.The spark should be fat and blue,if you do this test at night and reasonably quiet you can see and hear a good spark.If the spark is good i would agree with pump replacement otherwise module

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    tony yeatman Nov 03, 2008

    Could also be the air flow meter

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