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I have a 1989 Ford Tempo. It hasn't been started for about a year now when I went to start it today it would begin to start and then fail. I checked the fuel filter and it seemed to be fine. Any ideas??

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If it has not been started in a year, you might want to either drain the old gas out (because gas can go bad) and put fresh gas in and try again, or go to an auto parts store and pick up some fuel treatment/restoration. The treatment will NOT be a permanent fix,but should allow the car to start. Now the bad news. It could be the fuel pump, whci is a hard thing to change. To know for certain if it is the fuel pump, here's what you do:
Get in like you are going to start the car, but leave the driver door open, there needs to be silence.
Turn the key to just before the engine would start (the radio comes on and the AC starts blowing, but the engine is off)
Listen carefully, if the fuel pump is working properly, you should hear a hum coming from the back end of the car by the fuel tank. If you hear this hum, that means that the pump was turned on and primed. If you do not hear the hum, chances are that the fuel pump is shot.

I would recommend changing the gas first before you try to start it again, because if the fuel pump is good and the gas is bad, that bad gas is being shot into your engine.

I hope this helps. good luck

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

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