Question about 1998 Ford Windstar
Starts when fuel pump is primed
First i would reset the inertia switch. i looked it up and it is supposed to be located on the toe board, to the right of the transmission hump in the passenger side footwell. if the inertia switch is tripped it must be reset or it will not pump fuel. if resetting it makes no difference then take a look at the fuel pump relay in the underhood power distribution box. if that is good you might listen back at the fuel pump and see if you hear the pump cycling when you have somebody turn the key off and on, don't start it just turn the key to run then off a few times. if you hear the pump running then you might have a clog in the fuel sock on the end of the fuel pump in the tank. have to drop the tank to make sure. hope that helps
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
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