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Fuel Pump will not run

My car recently would not start. I noticed that I did not hear the fuel pump start &/or prime. I ordered a new fuel pump & after installing it the pump would still not come on. I then hooked up my volt meter to the harness I was getting 13 volts, but once I hooked it up to the fuel pump the voltage disappeared. I've checked both fuel pumps & they are both working but it seems that as soon as they are hooked up to the harness they stop working. I've check the fuses as well as the fuel cut-off switch all which seem to be working. Is there a relay somewhere on the line that I'm missing? Help please.

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I think you have a bad fuel pump relay. The contacts on the relay have burned. thats why you have 13 volts when check it with a meter, but no pump. when you put a load on the circuit you have a voltage drop because the contacts in the fuel pump relay won't let enough current flow. Either that or you have a bad ground to your fuel pump. has all the wiring diagrams you need to diagnose this problem. good luck

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You need to take a close look at the connector that plugs into the fuel pump,
this is a common issue on lincolns and other Ford products based on that platform, you should have an odd looking flat plug with four wires,that plugs into the pump hanger on the side of the tank, these connectors frequently corrode internally and cause this condition, the plug is very hard to find, but one source is rockauto they are online, you need to search for fuel tank sender plug, this plug is for the sender and the pump. The plug should have been packed full of special bulb grease to protect it, but they frequently aren't. the next possibility is at the connector in the drivers kick panel, it should be the same on most lincolns, I believe on your car it's also pink and black. if this connector checks out, the next is the bulkhead connector on the firewall, in this case the solution is to fish a new short wire from the drivers kick panel through the firewall to the relay wire. the connection will show 12 volts, but will have high resistance, preventing the pump from running.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012

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    losts86hatch Jul 29, 2012

    you don't want to mess with the bulkhead connector, onnce loosened sometimes the connections to a lot of items stop working, if you trace this all the way to it, run a new wire around it.



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