1997 Ford Crown Victoria fuel pump

Tiny
DONEDEAL
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  • 1997 FORD CROWN VICTORIA
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
I drove this car 3 days ago and have never had any problems. It turns over fine so I sprayed some starting fluid in the intake and it fired. So that means its got firing but not getting gas. And I turned the switch on and I never could hear the fuel pump. So could the pump just go bad just like that?
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 7:52 PM

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Tiny
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Prob. A fuse or something. Check fuse and fuel pump relay. If OK may need to test pump with 12v direct power.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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Could be with that mileage. Start by checking the inertia switch if okay check fuel pump fuse and fuel pump relay both okay, power the fuel pump direct from the battery if it doesn't come on and ground is good-it went south.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 7:58 PM
Tiny
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What is the inertia switch? And where is the fuse I found the pump relay
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
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Check fuse labeled FUEL PUMP (20 amp) in the engine compartment fuse box. The inertia switch is a safety fuel cut off switch and is located in the trunk, on the left support.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 9:11 PM
Tiny
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Ok I checked the fuse its good and I pecked on the relay but how can I strait wire the fuel pump?Is it not in the tank.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 9:51 PM
Tiny
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Yes have to remove it. You can bench test it. It's not good to run them for more than a second or 2 with no gas because they are actually gas cooled and lubricated. But you can touch power to them briefly to make sure they at least turn.

Sometimes you can resurrect a 'stuck' pump just by whacking fuel tank with a piece of wood (don't hit it hard enough to dent it!).
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 9:53 PM
Tiny
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Could I tap in to the wire at the relay and jump it from the battery
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 9:58 PM
Tiny
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Yep that will work if you want to splice into the wiring
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 10:00 PM
Tiny
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There are 3 relays and a diode so theirs several wires do u have any idea what color wire I need to splice to test it
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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Red wire should be
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 10:08 PM
Tiny
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Thanks guys I really appreciate all the help
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 10:44 PM

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