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97 escort fuel cut off will not stay reset car keeps dying

Battery was low also coincidentally and also the gas level was very low was on way to station when hit from behind. car died. so we pushed the red button to reset the switch and it started--then a half a block later the gauges went dead and the car died again. checked and no fuel is coming out the little valve by the fuel injector when we take cap off. banged on fuel tank in case fuel pump was stuck--we can jump it and start car but it always dies 1 block later and still no fuel to the little valve. please HELP! Is it the brain? can i bypass the switch and make the damned thing stay running? I'm a single mom and need this car to go to work so please answer asap if you have ANY ideas thanks.

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  • Elise Sargent Mar 12, 2009

    door got left open the day before with dome light on. we put the bat on a charger for awhile but it didn't have a full charge as we ran out of time. thanx for your help!

  • Elise Sargent Mar 12, 2009

    don't know yet but will do that later today...will let u know!

  • Elise Sargent Mar 12, 2009

    Ok...so we bypassed the fuel cutoff switch and jumped the battery, let it stay connected to 2d vehicle for about 5 mins and disconnected. Was able to drive about a mile and a half, died again. Repeated process to limp the car home. (Also--the gas gauge and speedometer work while the car is driveable but when it cuts out the gas needle goes up to half-full and the speedo goes to 0 even when the engine is still running.)

    Does this sound like a bad alternator?

  • Elise Sargent Mar 13, 2009

    that's right...just clicks & has no juice at all.

  • Elise Sargent Mar 14, 2009

    We had the alternator checked and it had problems...charging part of the time & not others. Replaced it & no more problems so far! :-)

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You said the battery was low, can you elaborate on that. Possible bad alternator.

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    Clint Smock Mar 12, 2009

    Have you charged the battery all the way up now? Will it crank over and start without jumping it?

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    Clint Smock Mar 13, 2009

    After it dies, it doesn't crank over? Just clicks? Sounds like and alternator.

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    Clint Smock Mar 14, 2009

    Have the alternator checked.

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    Clint Smock Mar 15, 2009

    Great.

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