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Have spark,no fire,sprayed starter fluid into throtle body but does not start

Have spark but not starting,sprayed starter fluid into throtle body on 1996 ford escort

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    won't start all of a sudden started with starting fluid then started and ran fine for about a week then stopped starting again did not spray again.

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Ford cars have a fuel pump reset switch/lever/ thaat resets the power supply to the fuel pump it shuts off when you run out of gas or get in a accedent reset switch and try to start waaayyy befor you change the pump or start probing wires

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Turn key forward listen for the fuel pump to pressurize if you don't here anything then your fuel pump needs replaced and it's in the tank.

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