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Ok i have a 95 ford windstar my wife had a minor accident a little bump now it wont start it cranks but wont turn over i checked the fuel pump button in the cargo area its stuck in the pushed in position how do i get it back off?

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  • WADE Mar 15, 2011

    It is supposed to be in the pressed in position to complete the fuel pump circuit. If youre not sure what position it's in , hit the switch or panel with your hand that its bolted to to tripp the inertia switch the button should pop up when jarring the switch you should hear a rattling sound this means that the gold plated ball is out of its slot and is not making contact with the fuel pump circuits , see if its already tripped it may not be reset message me if this doesn't help good luck

  • Leon Fenner Mar 15, 2011

    Hey i got the button up but it still wont turn over im stuck because the accident wasnt even serious the only damage was to the front driver side blinker do u have any idea what i should try next b4 i take it to a mechanic any sugfestions would be apreiatted thanx for everyones help so far i love this site



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Hello, Thats definitely why the fuelpump is not working. I would try a little WD40 on the switch. If you unplug the connectors and remove the switch you may be able to tap the switch and get the button to move.

There really is not much inside the plastic, just a magnetic ball and a lightweight spring under the button. When you press down on the button it simply makes contact with the magnetic ball and pulls it up to the contacts inside the switch. Your spring may be broken and if that is the case you would need a different Inertia switch.

If the button is just jammed, try removing the switch and turning it upside down and tap it. You can use a knife blade to dislodge the button. Spray it with WD40 and see if you can work the button back into shape.

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  • fordexpert Mar 15, 2011

    Well, the button does have to bring up the magnetic ball, so if it is now working freely you need to try to get the magnetic ball in position. Try pushing down on the reset and see if it will reconnect the fuelpump.

    There are some switches under the dash by the Brake lever. One of them is an Interlock for the Starter and there is another one for the Transmission. The brake lever switch makes sure the foot is on the Brake when you go to shift out of Park. The Transmission Interlock makes sure the Trans is in Park. Sometimes if there is a trigger on the shift lever and the button is stuck inward, the Interlock will not line up.

    The small bump she had could have allowed her foot to go under the dash and hit the Interlock switch and knock it out of alignment. It is very common without an accident. If the Van has its bell rung, as a last act try to disconnect the NEG battery cable and wait 10 minutes to reconnect.

    There could be something in the Antitheft that needs to reset. FordExpert



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