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Why won't my ford thunderbird start?

My engine died without any warning and now it won't start. It turns over and you can hear the fuel pump,but it doesn't get gas to the injectors.If you spray carb-cleaner,it will start and run until the "gas" burns.We attached a reader but the on board computer wouldn't recognize it and it made the lights flash (all of them).Can you help me narrow down the problem?

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-Fuel pump relay
-fuel pressure regulator

Those would be my first two stabs. If you can go under the car and find the fuel filter. Disconnect the fuel line on the sending side and check if the fuel pump is actually delivering fuel. Be very careful as it could come out at a very high rate of speed. If it is make sure there are no blockages. Also your fuel pump may be working but not sending enough pressure to the fuel rail. Most cars fuel pressure regulators only open when there is sufficient pressure. Hope this helps!

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I'll have to wait until my wife comes home with the tbird. Do you know if the fuel filter is clean? Let me think about it and look at the wife's car and I'll get back to you.


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  • Eric Jonkey May 18, 2014

    You might check in this order: fuel pump fuse, inertia switch(in trunk left side- under carpet), fuel pump, fuel pump relay. Reset inertia switch if no continuity between terminals. Could then be the PCM or pump circuit is defective.

    If you are not having enough fun yet, try checking the fuel pump output pressure.

    Good Luck!



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SOURCE: Fuel Problem

fuel pressure regulator? This diverts excess pressure from the rail back to the tank. When they wear out they usually stay stuck open thus diverting all pressure back to the tank. Pressure tests do not reveal this as pressure is checked before the rail not in it. I do believe you have a bad fuel regulator. They are 75US ouch.

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SOURCE: fuel pump location and replacement

You are looking for the constant control relay module- ( CCRM ) see below. The pump will be located inside the fuel tank.Most of the time , its the pump and not the relay but, it wouldn't hurt to check the relay out. Teh relay is housed in the CCRM. Its located behind the engine coolant reservoir.


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SOURCE: Engine wont stay running. Please help.

change the filter first. IF the pumpwas bad it wouldnt start at all. It could be going bad but the only way to really test it is to pull your gas tank and at that rate you may as well replace it.

you could have a clogged injector causing the lack of fuel as well. you can try injector cleaner, Lucas is my personal preference I use it at every fill-up. 4-6oz per tank of gas depending on your tank size.

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SOURCE: truck won't start, can't hear either fuel pump 1992 Ford F 150 5.

If you can't hear the fuel pump when you turn the key to the on position trying to build up fuel pressure, it is most likely either a voltage issue at the fuel pump or you need to replace the fuel pump. Have you checked your fuel filter? Try turning on the key without engaging the starter and see if you hear the whine of the fuel pump.

Good Luck

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