Question about 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX
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?
-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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2000 Ford Crown Victoria
when you hold the accelerator does the vehicle stay running? if so the problem is in ithe IAC idle air control motor, take a small screw driver and using the handle tap the iac motor and usualy the motor will kick in and the vehicle will run fine then if the problem is rectified replace the IAC
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
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.
Posted on Dec 10, 2008
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.
Posted on Mar 20, 2009
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.
Posted on Oct 15, 2009
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.
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
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Your problem may be one of the following:
First check or just replace the fuel filter. Usually located under the car in front of the rear axle, drivers side.
Next, the fuel pump may be worn out. Usually they get loud or stop working (running).
Next, check the fuel pressure regulator. Usually located on the front fuel rail, drivers side.
Is the vacuum line attached? Not leaking or rotted?
Also, do you smell a strong fuel odor when it won't start? May be one or more stuck-open injectors, or the coil pack is bad.
Checking these in the order listed will more than likely fix your problem.
The clicking noise indicates the battery can no longer run the starter, which also means the fuel pump won't run either.
It could be a fuel issue. How old is the fuel filter? Can you hear the pump run for a few seconds when you turn the key on? Try turning the key to ON without trying to start engine three times waiting for the pump to stop running each time. Then try to start the engine. If it starts, Its a form of Vapor lock caused by the extreme heat we have had lately, and a weak fuel pump.
If none of this works, try a new fuel filter first. From there have someone check the fuel pressure regulator and then the pump. If you are in need of a new pump, take my word for it and spend the money to get one from a Dealer, and not from your favorite parts store. Most parts store parts are made in China and they are JUNK.
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