1997 Ford Expedition shut off suddenly while driving and will not restart after jump start

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD EXPEDITION
  • 5.4L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 250,000 MILES
I was drive my ford expediton when suddenly my dash lit up, I step on gas and nothing happened, steering wheel became hard to turn and can shut off. I tried to get a jump start but car sound like it wanted to come be would not. I have power with windows and battery seems ok. What could be the issue
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Friday, November 7th, 2014 AT 3:24 AM

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Tiny
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Without a jump, what happens when you try to start the car? Is the serp belt still attached? If the engine cranks but doesn't start, have you checked for spark and fuel to the engine?
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Friday, November 7th, 2014 AT 6:28 AM
Tiny
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Without a jump the car just clicks like is it is trying to start, but will not turn over. There is still power. But every time I continue to start it kills battery totally. I put on my fuel pressure gauge and it does not move dial.
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Friday, November 7th, 2014 AT 8:49 AM
Tiny
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Okay, we need to start at the power source. First, I would simply check to make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight. Also, check to make sure the primary ground from the battery to the engine block is in good condition, clean and tight.

If that checks out okay, you really need to have the battery load tested. Most parts stores will do it for free.

Do this and let me know what you find.

Joe
PS: It is odd that there is no fuel pressure. The battery may be that weak.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2014 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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My fuel pressure was 0 psi. I checked fuel pump fuse and relay, both where good. My ford expedition has a fuel pump shut off switch on driver side. That checked ok. That led me to fuel pump. That was the problem. I changed it and fuel filter. Thanks.
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Sunday, November 9th, 2014 AT 2:29 AM
Tiny
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Glad you got it fixed, but I still don't understand why you were getting a clicking from the starter unless it was being jumped.
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Monday, November 10th, 2014 AT 1:37 PM

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