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No current to the fuel pump at the fuel tank

Engine cranks but won't start no fuel pressure pump has no power going to it, running fine till I parked it then when tried to start to leave would crank but no start. I checked the fuel pump and found to power supply to the pump at the tank supply.

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Have somebody cycle the key on and off and see if you have power not cranking the engine just from the off to on or run position. If no power, check your fuse for the f/p and the coresponding relay. bet way to check fuses is with a test light. Most times a power window, a/c or heater relay will be the same and you can switch it out to see if it solves the problem. mike

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