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The 2002 windstar engine died I tried to start it i smelt gas van tried to start almost did then someone found the fuel reset button located in back pushed down we tapped on side of it it finally came back up now we dont here fuel pump running it want start button want spring back up without tapping on it but it will stay up after we get it up whats wrong

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Lrt's verify it is the guel system before going further. Do this.
On the injector fuel rail, under the hood, There is a fitting that should be capped. Remove the cap and you will see something that looks like a tire valve core. Better known as a schraeder valve. Depressing the valve will permit bleeding air out of the lines. We not only want to bleed out the air, but verifying the fuel pump is working is our main objective. With the key on, listen for the fuel pump working. A hum near or at the fuel tank. Fuel should come out of the valve noticeably. Try to avoid getting fuel all over everything which will cause a fire hazard.The fuel cap should be removed and reinstalled. I hope this helps, if results are poor, Let me know and we can go into another direction Don't forget to screw the cap back onto the bleed fitting. Thanks for using fix-ya. _N_

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