1988 Ford Mustang Mustang won't start.

Tiny
88STANG5.0
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  • 1988 FORD MUSTANG
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 64,500 MILES
Good Afternoon, I started the vehicle and within 10 seconds the vehicle just died. So I started it again and it will crank but won't start now. I don't drive the car very much and never had a problem before. I just changed the plug, wires, oil and oil filter a couple days before. So I went ahead and change the fuel filter and the coil and it still willnot start. I don't think its the fuel pump because it smells flooded when I try and start it. I was going to change the distributor and then maybe the fuel pump but I will wait for a response and go from there. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon. Cris
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Friday, April 23rd, 2010 AT 12:11 PM

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Tiny
BLUEOVALPOWER50
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Sounds to be a fuel pump, a weak fuel pump will build pressure to a certain extent after the key is turned on and off a few times but will not build up enough pressure to continuously run the engine, I would cycle the key and have someone listen for the f/p to run at the filler neck w/ the cap off, it should run strong and be decently audible to hear if its weak or not
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Friday, May 7th, 2010 AT 2:23 PM
Tiny
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Start with the basics, and work your way up, Last tune up was? Wires plugs ALL filters? If all that is ok, check for a stuck EGR, then test fuel pump pressure, If it won't restart, determine what's missing, the engine needs three things to run, Spark at all plugs, gas to all cylinders, and compression in all cylinders, tho an engine may run lacking one in one cylinder, it won't run very well!
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If you smell gas, check your oil level too, gas can be washing the cylider walls and filling up the crankcase...not good, this can and will damage the engine! Most often on Fords, its the ignition module...
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Friday, May 7th, 2010 AT 2:37 PM

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