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I WAS DRIVING AND MY CAR JUST STOPPED, THE MECHANIC BEFORE SAID SOMETHING CAME LOOSE AND THEY PLUGGED IT BACK IN, BUT THEY DID NOT TELL ME WHAT IT WAS,.

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Your SUV has a connector and assembly on the right side floorboard visible just below the dash that is an emergency fuel shutoff RESET SWITCH.

The fuel shuts off if you are in an accident and the sensors in your
bumper detect you have hit something with sufficient force.

Right near the reset button (I think it is red) is a grey plastic connector plug that connects the wiring harness to the reset button assembly. If the special plastic slot that holds that wiring connector in place is broken or cracked it can lose contact and fall down because when it connects it is vertical. If it's loose you can reconnect it and tape it together with electrical tape and the car should work then. Make sure you tap the reset button after reconnecting it.

There are other things like loose battery cables that can prevent the car from starting, but without more information it is fairly hard to guess. If the vehicle cranks but you have to hold your foot on the gas to get it to run you may also have a bad Idle Air Control Valve motor. This part sits on top of the motor and can be removed, cleaned with Goo Gone (turpentine), (air it out after cleaning) and then the vehicle would idle and run without holding the gas.

Posted on Aug 03, 2010

  • tabetha_crac Aug 03, 2010

    thank you very very much, this was exactly the problem, you saved us a fee for towing and gargage. I really appreciate the great response and knowledge and will always recommend this site.

  • Dan Horsefield
    Dan Horsefield Aug 03, 2010

    Very glad to help. That part that breaks for the plastic connector will also break on connections like the alternator plug-in, the steering gear rack sensor and other connectors. I guess I need to find a source for those plugs and replace some on my Fords because they get very brittle after 10 years and will not hold up when being removed and put back in place.

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