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99 Taurus wont start. spray gas into the intake and it will start

This 99 Taurus was starting fine, I let the car sit for 2 months and now it wont start. Definitely a fuel problem because when I spray gas into the intake it will start but only runs as long as the spray lasts. I hear the fuel pump come on with the key, I have fuel in the fuel rail. I took the needle out of the fuel rail where you test the pressure and when the key is on and the fuel pump is running plenty of fuel flows out, PLENTY. There seams to be fuel pressure as well. I removed the needle and put a tire gauge on the fuel rail and the gauge went up to 31 pounds. (I know this is not a reliable pressure test but it's all I had) The car was starting as I said, only sometimes I had to feather the gas pedal while cranking and then the car would start fine. Now it will not start at all unless I spray gas directly into the intake.

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  • my_68_hardch Mar 08, 2009

    Thanks anyway, but I don't think its the Fuel filter because why would I have fuel? or fuel pressure? or so much fuel flow? if I have a clogged fuel filter? It does not seem logical. If I had no fuel but still heard the fuel pump working I would suspect the fuel filter but that is not the case. I have plenty of flow when I turn the key with the fuel pump running. When I depress the valve stem on the fuel rail where you test for pressure I have pressure, I have flow. I believe a clogged fuel filter would not allow the fuel to flow so freely. I believe it is a fuel pressure issue. Either the pressure regulator, or the fuel pump is not building enough pressure to "pop-off" the fuel injectors. I am a diesel mechanic and I work for John Deere and when diesel injectors do not have enough pressure built up by the high pressure fuel distributor to actuate the injectors then the injectors wont "pop-off" and you get no diesel fuel to the cylinders. I think I have a problem like that. Like I said earlier, the fuel regulator, or the fuel pump itself I believe is the problem here. but thanks anyway .

  • my_68_hardch Mar 08, 2009

    I will check for water in the system but the fuel is new, as I drained the tank and started fresh. As I said I definitely hear the fuel pump come on and run a second or two until pressure is built up, and I have fuel in the fuel rail and when I pump it out with the needle valve removed from the fuel rail I did not seen any evidence of water in the fuel, but tomorrow in the day light I will check that more closely. to be honest I think Ford blows, and I have seen nothing but complaints on the Taurus, and the Escort

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Check fuel filter.

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    Metal Unlord Mar 08, 2009

    You may have picked up water from the bottom of your fuel tank, that is why i suggested to check the fuel filter. Do you use ethanol type fuel? because this absorbs water and causes corrosion right through the fuel intake system.

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check out the injectors and the coil pack to make sure you are getting spark

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