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I bought a 92 ford explorer. It will not start

I checked the fuses and relays. It gets spark. It even runs off starting fluid. I checked the fuel pump shut off switch. I heard a little noise from the fuel pump. Still I don't know.

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If it runs off starting fluid then shuts off then its the fuel pump and will need to be replaced

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

  • kuhnskorners Jan 01, 2011

    There are many things that would cause the problems described. I would check the fuel filter, then the fuse, then the inertia switch, then the relay, then I would check the wiring and grounds before i replaced the fuel pump.

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    jerrypriest Sep 05, 2012

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. IT ONLY HAS 49,000 MILES SO I CAN'T SEE HOW IT CAN BE THE FUEL PUMP. IT DOES START WITH LIGHTER FLUID ALSO. I HAVE IT AT MY FRIENDS HOUSE ABOUT 100 MILES AWAY WHEN IT JUST WOULDN;T START. A LOCAL GUY CAME OUT AND SAID IT "PROBABLY WAS THE FUEL PUMP" AND WANTED ABOUT 500 TO DO ALL WORK. HE NEVER CHECKED THE FUSE, DELAY SWITCH, THE INERTIA SWITCH(??) OR THE WIRING AND GROUNDS. JUST HAD HIS HELPER HIT UNDER GAS TANK WITH A HAMMER WHILE HE USED LIGHTER FLUID. IS THE RELAY SWIYCH IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT> WHERE IS THE INTERTIA SWITCH? THANKS FOR THE HELP.... JP

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