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My 2000 ford contour wont start. Engine cranks, but seems no spark. I checked plugs and coil. Fuel pump kicks on and shuts off after primed. It just got harder and harder to start, finally it wont start.

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Have you changed the fuel filter.

Your pump may be priming but the pressure could be against a clogged filter.

You might want to check the fuel pressur at the rail.
It might be a fuel pressure regulator problem

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

  • davidnance Jun 06, 2011

    i had that problem. There is a blue fuse under the hood in the fuse box that probably went bad. its rectangle shaped about 1'' tall and 1cm^2 wide mine was 20 amp 32V

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