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All gas leaked out fixed the line and put gas in but still wont start

My 88 ford taurus got the fuel line broke and leaked every drop of gas out of it and when i fixed the line i put four gallons of gas in the tank and it wont start now its probibly sat for over a month because i dont know what im doing please help

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  • havefun1418 Jun 06, 2009

    it happened to not have a spark because of the distibuter modular or something like and the battery ended up dying but got it fixed so thank everybody at Fixya for all your help



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The most likely suspect is your FUEL PUMP! If it ran completely out of fuel, your fuel pump is TOAST! The gas is the lubricant for the pump. If you run it completely out of gas, I can tell you from experience (several times) that the pump is damaged badly or totally burned out. It's a pretty simple operation to change the pump. It'll be IN the tank so don't get fooled by the fuel filter or the pressure regulator you may see along the frame rail. You should be able to get to it through the floor of the trunk. There should be a panel you can remove to gain access to the top of the tank. If not, you're going to have to drop the tank out of the car. It's a pain but, if you can get a buddy to help, it goes a lot faster, but it can be done solo. The sending unit for the fuel gauge and the pump should be mounted together. So just carefully remove the sending unit assembly (watch out for the Float Arm, don't bend it!) and the pump will come with it. Swap out with new pump, re-assemble and start the engine! It should come back to life. Don't add more fuel until it's running again! If you goof-up something and have to drop the tank again, you don't want all that extra fuel in the tank.

Note: Even if your old pump still pumps fuel, it won't be at the proper pressure! I've seen this MANY times in the shop and it was always the same story: They ran out of gas, put more in and it ran like garbage to the nearest gas station.... where they FILLED the tank. Shortly thereafter, it just dies and they can't get it started. So it comes in on the sling. Guess who gets to the "Gas Bath" while taking the Fuel tank out. LOL. Very few Fuel Injected cars have an external fuel pump. You might want to pick up a Chilton's or Haynes manual for the car. Some good info and procedures are in there and repairs like this are covered in detail.

Try this and let me know how it goes. I'm pretty sure this will resolve the issue for you.

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Does it want to start? maybe you didnt unhook the battery, and you lost all the power, or it is the alternator.. can be many things, try to get a jump and see if that works, then tell me and I will give you further information.

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