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83 ford econoline 351 was dying when stopping now it will not start

Van is dying any time I come to a stop, I just bought it so I know nothing about it. I drove it home from where I purchased it on the highway the whole way with no problems. It was at least a 20 mile drive. I stopped to get gas 10 miles from home, I filled the front tank with 87 octane. As I left the pump it died pulling out of the station parking lot, I was at a light so I just put it in netrual and it restarted with no trouble. I pulled back onto the highway and drove highway speeds another 10 miles towards my house with no issues. As soon as I exited the highway it died at the fist light, I put it into netrual again and it restarted so I continued home just a few blocks putting it in netrual every time I needed to turn or stop while also keeping on the gas. I let it cool completely down at home for a couple hours then took it to the store. It started fine when I left the house but not trusting it I continued to keep putting it in netrual for stops and turns. I was in the store maybe 30 minutes when I tried to start it to leave it would not turn over and was struggling for the first time. I tried to jump it hoping it was just the battery but no luck. I thought it was just going to need an idle adjustment but now that it won't start at all I'm stumped. The temperature out side has dropped since I bought the van. I got it at about 430 and it wAs 65 degrees, by the time I made it home then went back out to the store it has dropped at least 20 degrees. I don't know if that matters but I just figured id mention it. Also could not get it to start at the store with starter fluid. I checked and I'm also getting spark. Last thing, I have not touched the fuel tank switch and only filled the front tank.

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I would check for fuel starvation.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    James Poole Nov 11, 2014

    I sprayed starter fluid into the intake and still got nothing. I checked and I have spark, so I think that would mean fuel is not the issue. It will not turn over at all even while cranking and spraying starting fluid at the same time.


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Sounds like the fuel pump is going out. Replace the filter first, as it's only $10. If that doesn't fix it, then it's probably the pump, which is $250.

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