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1999 Ford Windstar will not start after tune

Just replaced plugs, wires, coil pack and air filter, now will not start on my 1999 Ford Windstar

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  • ehud42 May 11, 2010

    More information is required. I assume the engine is turning over, there is fuel in the tank and there is spark. Is it intermittent? Consistent? Our 1996 Windstar would periodically not start when very cold (-20C or colder). The engine would turn, but not 'catch'.

    The fuel pump was not running - how can a lay person tell? By turning everything off - wipers, radio, fans (turn vent selector to off or top), buckling up the driver seat, etc. Now insert the key and turn it to the run position (where all the lights on the dash come on, just before the start position). You should hear a distinct high pitch whine from the back of the van - specifically in the fuel tank. It will only last for a few seconds until the pressure is built up.

    If the pump is not running - DO NOT REPLACE IT! (yet). They are expensive, and it may not be the problem. At the back of the van on the right side is a compartment where the jack is stored. In there is a safety switch that will turn off the pump if hit hard enough (as in an accident) - make sure it has not tripped by pressing the button in. If that doesn't help then buy a cheap 12V circuit tester - the one with the light in the handle and wire with the alligator clip. In this jack compartment, scrape some paint off the metal frame and clip the alligator wire to that spot. Press the metal point of the tester into one of the wires and repeat the above steps to test the fuel pump. If the light does not turn on, try the other wire. If the light still does NOT turn on then there is a problem with the wiring or relays that control the fuel pump.

    Mine appears to be a hairline crack somewhere that closes when warm or when the motor runs for a few minutes. Rather then spending $100+ on the main relay cluster - which may or may not be the problem, I just ran a wire from the back to the front into a special switch I made that plugs into the 12V accessory plug. That way I can manually run the fuel pump when it acts up. After a couple minutes I can turn it off and the van keeps running.

  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    This is how i do on one that is dead to find out what is wrong . First shoot a little fuel into the throttle body or air cleaner to see if it will start or run .. if it does its a fuel problem ok thanks Jerry holler if you need more.

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HI !!! ome times the battery looks new but try to check the power it shoulbe 12.5. -2) check firs the gas pump fuse .if is ok open the o turn the ingicion swich if you hear some bbuzzzzzz noise the fuel pump is working. before you try to do thi get some gas line antifres and put this on the tank.o maybe when you replace all the parts you have mencion you forgot to connect the ingntion coil

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