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Keep your gas fresh

Never let a vehicle sit without adding fuel stabilizer to tank.and a can of dry gas. this will save you a lot of aggravation in the long run. once fuel is mixed in tank let vehicle run for 5 minutes so its goes thru the whole system. Old bad gas will cause all kinds of mystery problems.

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89 f150 will start but after choke let's idle down it dies or if you even touch the gas. It had sat up for 5 years but the first time I got it started it drove for over an hour.

The damage is already done. Gasoline breaks down within 1 year. Drain and flush the old fuel out of the gas tank(s). Try adding Chevron Techron fuel injection cleaner to the replacement gas. That may work. However, you probably need to remove all the fuel injectors [if it's a fuel injected engine] and have them sent out to be professionally [ultrasonic] cleaned and tested. Fords are notorious for fuel injector problems. Also do a fuel system pressure test, as the bad gas may have damaged the electric fuel pump [located in the fuel tank(s). For a carbureted engine, you will need to have the carburetor overhauled or replaced with a rebuilt unit. NEVER let a vehicle sit unused for more than 6 months without first treating the gasoline. I always add a fuel stabilization product like Sta-Bil to the fuel, if the engine will not be run for at least 2 months or more. Adding these products after the fuel has gone bad [is already old] will not help. Then it's to late. Below is a link for Sta-Bil. I've used this product for over 20 years. It will save a LOT of grief, when storing vehicles or gas powered lawn equipment. See

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Mar 31, 2015 | 1989 Ford F 150

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1997 Mercury G P won't start. Ran out of gas. Left dry for six months my husband in hospital. Put in gas and turns over, but won't try to start. Acts like not getting gas. My husband passed away and I have no idea how to fix this. Am disabled on SSI. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thanks

How much gas did you add to the vehicle? Is it showing up on the gas gauge? It is possible that you did not add enough gas to the tank and the fuel pump is not sending enough gas to the engine. It is also possible that since the car was sitting for 6 months water or moisture could have accumulated inside the gas tank or gas lines and preventing the gas from getting to the engine. You can try adding a bottle of dry gas into the gas tank that will dry out any water or moisture in the gas tank and add some more gas. You can but a bottle of dry gas from any auto parts store fairly cheap. Also you can have someone open the hood of the vehicle and put a little bit of gas or starting fluid into the throttle body and then try starting the vehicle. If it starts for a few seconds but won't stay running you may have a bad fuel pump or clogged gas filter which would need to be checked out by a mechanic. Good luck.

Jan 28, 2018 | Cars & Trucks

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Air Conditioning not working properly

My wife once mistakenly topped off the tank with diesel instead of gas. Same symptoms. Gas also goes bad when it sits in a tank for several months without a stabilizer. Try adding a fuel stabilizer and filling the tank with high-octane premium gas.

Apr 29, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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99 Taurus wont start unless primed. Fuel pump is working

Check/Change Fuel Filter(s), PVC Valve & Emission Hoses
Gas that sits too long won't fire easily that's why we have to add winterize to our lawn mowers!
Try filling the tank with some high grade fuel cleaner additive. This stuff is like rocket fuel (about $10).
Also add a can of dry gas as you may have a lot of water and water vapor in your system!
Get a couple more cans of starter fluid too. (I always needed at least two to get my diesel running for summer)
Keep spraying and starting (It always took me at least a full can sometimes 2)
When it starts keep the gas pedal down and rev high for a good 5-10 minutes then see if it will idle.
If it still stumbles and falls consider adding another can of fuel system cleaner and/or dry gas.
Don't drain the tank as this usually just makes it worse by letting the bottom sludge stir up.
Never let your gas tank get too low as this will foul up your fuel system and always add fuel cleaner after every oil change (a must for fuel injection and cat. converter care)

Good Luck!
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Mar 08, 2009 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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