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Fuel pump problem 96 taurus

Car will start and run fine for a few days then won't start or stalls after starting. after it sits a couple of hours (sometimes it takes a day or 2) it starts fine. skinned the wire between the fuel pump and the shut off in the trunk and put a meter to it. when it won't start the meter reads about 2 or 3 volts but the starter turns ok. first thought there was a short in the pump but if there was a short causing the volts to drop to 2-3V then the starter should not turn. could it be the relay control module or computer? one mechenic we talked to said the fuel pumps on these cars rarely go bad and another said the fuel pumps are almost always the problem, so before we turn it over to one of them any suggestions would be helpful. thanks!

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  • us_n_ky Sep 21, 2008

    thanks for the info. while I was at the local salvage yard to buy a rim for a different car I bought a control relay module for $20. the car started and ran fine fine for about a month then after a trip out of town the problem came back (luckily) as soon as we returned home.

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Install a fuel pressure gauge to the fuel rail to see if you are getting any fuel pressure when the car wont start.if there is no pressure it is a pump

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Starter has nothin to do with fuel pump it is ona bypass circuit, when the vehicle doesn't start try smacking the fuel tank or if the pump is external tap on it while someone engages the key or turns car over, if it starts to work or starts you know it is the fuel pump, more than likley its the fuel pump sending unit assembly

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