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So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This.

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So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This.
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:15:54 pm »
While checking to see if I have a keyless entry module installed on my 2007 E350 chassis, I stumbled on my Fuel Pump Reset Switch.

All you Ford based PC owners should know about this switch.  If your engine suddenly dies, turns over during restart, but simply won't start, the first thing to try is pressing that switch to reset the fuel pump circuit.  Spend a little time to locate it now so you know where it is when needed.

I assume the location is consistent between E-Series model years.  Open the passenger door.  Stand outside and put your head in the footwell.  With a flashlight, read the indented writing located near the top of the right side wall panel.  It indicates where the switch is.  You reach over the top of the panel and blindly feel for the switch which has a rubber plunger feel to it.  With the engine off, press the switch down to the street to get a feel about it.

The purpose of this safety feature is to kill the fuel pump in the event of an accident that ruptures the fuel system.  This prevents fuel from being pumped all over an accident scene.  On rare instance under normal use, a very hard bump on the road can trip this safety feature leaving you stranded.  If your engine dies for no reason, or turns over but won't start, first push the button and see if all is well again.

Our old Ford Taurus would give my wife trouble with this safety feature.  About once every-other year she would call me that her car wouldn't start.  I had to remind her each time to push that reset button.  It gave her trouble only when shopping.  I wonder if people would back into her parked Taurus, tripping the safety feature.  Maybe it was too sensitive.

I think such a switch is on every Ford product.  Any Ford you own, check to see where that switch is located for future reference.  It may be covered in the owners manual.

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« Last Edit: October 17, 2012, 09:23:55 pm by ron.dittmer »
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Re: So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This.
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 10:35:17 pm »
Thanks Ron...  Good reminder and will look for this on my 350, or should I say FEEL for this switch.  tymoteo and blessing also..
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Re: So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This.
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012, 05:49:49 am »
Today I will stick my head in the passenger door and look for my reset switch.

Big Thumbs Up to Ron.

Thanks Ron
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Re: So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This.
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 10:41:04 am »
The switch is a Federal requirement (since the early 90z?).
Carry on, regardless..................
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