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Need a Ford Expert and a detailed answer Please, I have a 1988 ford Taurus (wagon) that wont start every once in a while I found a reset button for fuel pump on trunk area on, if I press this it starts. Does this mean fuel pump is going bad? If so where is fuel pump in the tank and if so where is access hole under seat or what? Thanks

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  • bjingles Sep 08, 2009

    Thats what I thought it was as well, Just wanted to check and thanks for the more detail, I hate when people give answers that are not really answers. This is about the 3rd time you have helped me. Thanks for the good work.

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If the fuel pump cut off switch is being tripped/triggered then either u live on a very bumpy road or hit a huge pot hole or are getting bumped by someone in a parking lot, the switch u speak of is called the "INERTIA" switch and is triggered by the above things, suggest the switch is over-sensitive, or one of the above scneriao's is happening, I am a dealer Ford tech of 25 years so am darn sure as to this problem and it's causes. do you hear a click when u reset the switch? have u looked at the connector to the switch? is it burned looking? if so replace the switch for sure and the connector end, Ford stocks both these parts, if the burning is really bad you need a new fuel pump, (the fuel tank must be dropped out of the car to service the fuel pump, there is no floor access plate except in the Escort), it is worn out and drawing excessive current and overheating the connector and switch..
The intended fuction of this switch is tio cut off the power to he fuel pump in case of an accident.

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