Flooding problems

Tiny
ERICA1979
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  • 2001 MERCURY SABLE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 189,000 MILES
2001 mercury sable when going to start the car, it starts sometimes and then sometimes it starts and then stalls, like it's flooding out and then we can't start it for a couple hours
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:21 PM

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Tiny
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Wont start even if you hold gas pedal to floor? When wont start happens, pull 1 spark plug and see if it is wet. This will indicate if flooding is problem.
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:24 PM
Tiny
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I don't push the gas pedal bec. I'm scared to flood it and boyfriend checks them and he says they aren't wet, so we are lost, but when it does start it stinks like gas
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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I had a ford tempo that was flooding and after replacing parts and no fix I ended up putting a push button momentary cut of switch to the fuel pump so I could get it started.
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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He tried to shut off the fuel pump so that it wouldn't get anymore gas, but still didn't do anything and we aren't sure where to start, bec. There are no lights on and he doesn't believe the fuel pump is bad
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:34 PM
Tiny
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Since they are not wet try pushing gas pedal. You may have a bad TPS (throttle position sensor). My van starts instantly if I push pedal slightly. But just cranks alot if I dont.
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:36 PM
Tiny
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Thank you very much will try that
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:41 PM
Tiny
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Try adding gas under hood into intake and see if it fires up. This would mean you have a lack of fuel problem. Put ear to trunk and listen for fuel pump running when you turn key to on. You may have a failing/weak pump. Or a failing /bad relay that operates pump.
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Friday, November 12th, 2010 AT 7:48 PM

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