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Engine will not start, fires at times, no fuel smell at all, did try to hold accelerator to the floor. 98 explorer 4.0 v6 50k actual miles, just bought it today.

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You most likely have a faulty fuel pump. You could try replacing the fuel filter first just in case it's a clogged filter. If that doesn't work replace the pump.

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