WON'T START. NO VOLTAGE TO FUEL PUMP. NO SPARK AT PLUG.

  • Tiny
  • Stephenmoore
  • 1989 FORD RANGER
  • 130 MILES

After running without incident 2 days earlier I accidentally left the ignition on.
After charging the battery, the engine would crank but showed no signs of starting.

I noticed there wasn't an audible fuel pump noise when ignition was switched on. (Pump/sending unit are approx 1.5 years old.)
After determining the pump would operate with direct voltage I checked fuel pump relay, inertia switch and (because of a forum post) the EEC relay.
When truck would not start after making fuel pump run continuously I checked for spark. None exists.

I checked coil, coil wire and distributor mechanism. The TFI could be at fault for a lack of spark but I don't think it has anything to do with the fuel pump.

Whatever is at issue controls both fuel and spark.

Unfortunately the only item I am aware of that controls both tasks is the ECM.


My next task is to see if I can detect any error codes.
Being an '89 these are very simplistic.



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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 12:44 AM

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  • Tiny
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You are on the right track.

The ecm grounds the eec relay for the spark and fuel to operate.

A scan tool would help to see if any info is coming from the ecm

check all powers and grounds for the ecm.

Start there

Roy

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 12:47 AM
  • Tiny
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Thanks, will do.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 1:13 AM
  • Tiny
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Couldn't find anything on youtube but did find my code reader.
Unfortunately it's been separated from it's manual. (I have 2 for the GM reader.)
This may be a moot point because when I plug the reader in the light stays on continously.
Turning the ignition on makes no difference.
Jumping the single test wire to ground makes no difference.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 11:52 PM
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Code reader will give you no info, just codes. You need a full blown scan tool.

Roy

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 11:55 PM

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