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There's fuel to the engine but it will not fire it

There's fuel to the engine, so I know the intank fuel pump works, if I spray starting fluid in the intake it will run until out of fumes? 1988 Ford T-Bird Turbo Coupe 2.4 automatic

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  • rfinding Jul 01, 2009

    Fuel pump puts out good, fuel filter is in good shape now what and where do I find this TPS switch? timing belt is like new,just had it put on 1 yr ago and it only has 5000 miles on the belt

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Check your inertia switch in the trunk and press to reset it. See if you hear the pump run when you turn the key. Then try to start it. If it has been awhile since fuel filter time, you could do a fuel sample and replace the filter. You must have some type of spark to ignite the starting fluid, but your TPS switch regulates fuel pressure and spark advance. A code reader would be a nice thing to use right now. You may want to look at the timing belt for shredding. I hope this helps you.

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  • fordexpert Jul 05, 2009

    The TPS switch is the throttle position sensor. It is located on the air intake on the throttle shaft. It is about 6 inches long, and usually has 2 small bolts holding it to the right side of the throttle horn. It has an electric plug on it. Since you have a turbocharger it may be hard to see. You would take off the aircleaner and it would be attached to the shaft that operates the throttle plate.

  • fordexpert Jul 05, 2009

    Are you getting power to the injectors? It may be less than 12 volts, sometimes 3 volts but if they are dead it is probably the TPS.

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