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Put new fuel pump and filter in 2005 f ord ranger im original owner and only have 33000 miles on it . it ran good for 2 months and now have to push reset button under dash like it says on page 163 in manual that worked now that doesnt work worth a damn luckily made it home without getting killed at intersections .please help even the dealership doesn't know. take your time i can get a ride to work. Thank You

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I work for a ford dealership and even though there is not a Ford T.S.B ( technical service bulletin ) for this issue. I have replaced the Inertia switch ( the reset button) for this issue and repaired the issue. ford has use a inertia switch in there vehicles for about 24 years without much trouble. But they redesigned the switch in about 2003 and we started seeing some failures with the new design switch which ranged from 2003-2006 F150"S and ranger models. I would first remove the switch and inspect the terminals were the wiring connector plugs into it, inspect the connector terminals and the pins in the switch its self for signs of being hot (melted). if you fine signs of being hot you can be sure this is were your problem is. If not its still a good chance this is were your problem is , between myself and the other ford tech"s I work with we"ve probably replace 15 to 20 of these type of inertia switches for tripping the reset switch for no given reason. If you due find the connector at the inertia switch has been hot,you will need to also replace the connector and terminals (at the connector) or you will have repeated failure. hope this helps you out. Thanks for using fixya

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Hi, First, I would assume that the new pump was defective. After all about 1100 miles is a bit short of a life expectancy for a fuel pump.
The repair should be covered under Warranty by the Dealer if they did the work. The repair job should have at least a one year warranty on parts and labor. The part, no matter who sold it to the dealer, is covered by the supply house (which should have been the Ford Motor Company) that sold it to them.
If the service manager does not want to cover the repair, Ask to speak to the General Manager. Tell him something to the effect that you always thought a fuel pump should typically last 100,000 miles not 1100 miles which is your average usage. I would respectfully demand that this is taken care of . If he does get nasty to you about this, which he shouldn't do. But if he does you might remind him that you didn't purchase a Ranger from him so that you would have to subscribe to the "Fuel Pump a Month club" This once a month figure is based on the average mileage a person drives every month which is much more than you do.
Now that I have vented to you here is the other scenario. If you installed it yourself. Pull it out and take it back to who you bought it from and ask him to replace it under warranty.
The point I'm making here is that you should not have to put your life or any member of your family's life at risk because of this sort of thing. It isn't your personal job to be quality control test dummy for Ford. They are not paying you for this.
I hope this helps you. Let me know what happens.
Best Regards,
Mark

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    Mark Freedman Jan 04, 2011

    Hi, I have to confess that I just read the 1st solution that FORD Guru "George_1256" wrote to your. His proposal to you that the problem is the Inertia Switch IS correct. I thought when you mentioned "reset button" that you were referring to a circuit breaker. I thought you were referring to the fuel pump drawing too much amperage and shutting down. In the case of the reset switch I would still insist that it be covered under warranty. I am surprised that this stumped the dealer's service department..
    Best,
    Mark

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