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Fuel problem? 1990 F 150 6 cylinder twin tanks. Will not start. If Ispray gas into the intake it will run. Once I stop spraying Ihave to keep pumping the gas just to keep it chugging. Once Istop pumping the pedal it stops. It was running fine when Iparked it about a month ago with both tanks full. I replaced thefuel filter and checked the fuel pressure at the rail(50psi). Whats next?

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  • shell836 Oct 21, 2008

    i have fuel to the fuel rail, but not to the injectors. the fuel pump runs steady

  • burtongary20 Nov 21, 2008

    i have the same problem the truck is hard to start now its not starting at all. it had an awful smell and lrtiing smoke in the cab before it stop running.

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I have a 1990 ford f-150 whent to start it and nothing No fuel pump hum nothing I replced fuel filter and 2 relays and fuel safety not popped up all the engine does is crank over and thats it.

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Sounds like a clog somewhere.

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