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FORD WINDSTAR 97 WON'T START - SUSPECT FUEL PUMP; APPEARS TO START WITH ETHER STARTING FLUID; NOT SURE HOW TO TROUBLE SHOOT

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Have someone listen to your gas tank while turning the key from off to run. if theres no sound, goto the rear passenger side fender cover and remove (inside the van) theres a little red button down in the rear corner. check to make sure its pushed in (inersia switch for fuel cutoff). also check fuses. if you hear the pump check, the fuel filter.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you for the help. The inersia switch was removed by Pep Boys a few years ago. I don't know why? It turns out to be the fuel pump was bad. The way it was determined was by the tow truck driver with a rubber hammer banding on the gas tank. After he hit the tank it jared the fuel pump enough to let it run. We replaced the pump."

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