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I ran out of gas. I Added gas. When I first turn the car on I hear the fuel pump run. When the starter is engaged a light comes on which says "Fuel Cutout" and the engine turns over but doesn't try to start. I have gone to the trunk and presses the fuel cutoff reset, but it had the button down so it did nothing.

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Ford was concerned about electric fuel pumps running with ruptured lines after a collision. Tracers and Escorts were equiped with sensors to detect collisions and shut off power to fuel pump. Owner's manual notes that even bumps in a parking lot might be enough to trip sensor if force was applied in appropiate direction. Reset button is located in trunk over right side wheel well. There is a small hole, insert finger and push down to reset (check the Mercury-Tracer-Owners-Manual).

Look for -smell for- RAW gasoline spraying/leaking. Check your fuel injectors if any are leaking.

If there is any fuel leaking it must be repaired prior to resetting the button in the trunk located on top of the passenger side strut tower, theres a hole, in that hole theres a button, it might need to be pulled back up if it feels as if it has already been depressed, put your finger on the side of the button and pull it up, then push it down and start the car, this will only work if the fuel leak, be it a faulty injector, a line that is leaking, etc... has been repaired Otherwise it will do no goid pressing the fuel cutoff reset switch, it will only trip the sensor again.

The fuel cut off means Fuel will not be spraying if the fuel cut off light is lit. Ignore trying to start it over and over aslong as the cutoff light is lit, it will not drain your battery. Heres some more good information to know what to look for, and where to start- if your Tracer is (Direct Injection) Fuel Injected, it will have one injector per cylinder, located on the top of the engine back side, under the intake manifold, they are in a row going left to right and angled/slanted down and forward on top of the injectors connected to them is the fuel rail, it can be removed easily, two bolts hold the entire rail and all injectors inplace, one bolt on the right and the other on the left. If your Tracer has TBI (Throttle Body Injection), it will almost look like a carburetor, but it will have 1 or 2 fuel injectors visible after removing the air filter.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 27, 2010

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  • gordon memmott May 27, 2010

    have allready done this is still will not run.

  • gordon memmott May 27, 2010

    There are no apparent leaks, no smell of fuel or visible fuel. I displaced the sidewall so I could see the cutout switch. the button is down and therefore cannot be pressed. I see no way of pulling the button up.

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited May 27, 2010

    ...I could see the cutout switch. the button is down and therefore cannot
    be pressed. I see no way of pulling the button up.

    An Inertia Switch (Shut Off Fuel Pump) is a safety device that interrupts power to the fuel
    pump/ cuts off fuel delivery in the case in which the car is involved in
    an accident. Many cars fitted with an inertia switch experience failure
    for no apparent reason. They usually have a reset button on top similar
    to a reset button on a household circuit breaker. Its possible that you need think in replacement.

  • gordon memmott May 28, 2010

    The only place I can find the fuel cutoff switch wants $ 80.00 is there a way to check if this is the problem other than buy parts and hope?

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited May 28, 2010

    Unplugged or disconnected the switch; keep in mind that basically this is one ON/OFF switch:
    1) You need a basic on/off switch so that when you hold down the button
    or switch, it lets current go through it and you turn the car on

    2) When you aren't holding it down or switching, the circuit is open so
    you can't turn the car on

    Basically, when you hold it down, it acts like just a wire. Check the wires and jump temporaly, start the vehicle, if run, this is the problem.

    Try it out before hiding the switch.

  • gordon memmott May 31, 2010

    There are three wires to the switch. Which ones need jumpered? Is there a schematic or wiring- diagram available?

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited May 31, 2010

    Check in the next link the explain to Cut Off Switch wiring diagram...

    Good luck.


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