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My 1996 Ford Probe will crank but wont start. After 3 to 35 minute wait it will start. Sometimes it will drag the battery down and I have to wait for it to re-energize, then it will start. What is the problem? I have had the battery checked for dead cells and it was negative. I also added fuel injector cleaner. Sometimes it sputters while driving. Does this indicate a bad fuel pump or a problem with the timing?

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Once you get your Ford to start, does the engine run normally ? If yes, then timing not an issue. If no, you may consider timing, but not until other components have been checked.
Have you done any maintenance to your vehicle like a tune up, air filter / fuel filter change. Have you checked fuel pressure ?
Have you checked for any codes in the engine control module ?

Posted on Jul 25, 2017


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SOURCE: Fuel Pump Relay

Obviously, you can jump the relay but it is dangerous on an extended basis. You'd have pressure in the lines when you don't want it there. Replace the relay if it is defective.

If you have other issues, you can check the pump back to the tank by going on the business end of the relay and looking for resistance at the pump to ground. If it is open, the pump or the harness is bad...GMs have harness issues...not Fords.

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SOURCE: f-150 xlt lariat...5.0 starts..runs about 5 minutes, quits

could have plugged injectors

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SOURCE: 91 Ford Explorer Sputtering snd Dragging

Sounds like plug wires.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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SOURCE: fuel intake problem

who changed the fuel pump? no injectors on that i don't think

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SOURCE: Could it be my fuel pump?

A fuel pump is not the problem, they either work or not, u are most likely having a loose of ignition spark, possible ignition module.

Posted on May 27, 2009

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