I am afraid I know the answer, but today on my way home from work my temp gauge was right in the middle where is should be, after a bit I heard a tick sound coming from under the hood, I was only a few miles from home and other than the tick it was running okay and wasnt showing hot, I have a small leak in the radiator so figured I was low on water, anyway, my car died. I pulled over and went to start it back up, it started but I was afraid to do any more damage so I shut it off, after a bit we took the radiator cap and were shot with nice pretty rusty water, and then looking in the radiator there really wasnt any more water in there. (The amount that came out was small) the next time I went to try to start the car it turns over but will not fire. WE had the care towed home, and the tow truck driver just shook is head and said, its done. And figured the timing belt? May have broke or jumped? But why would it start that once? What is the usual cost of having that repaired? And what are the chances of it being anything worse?
Obviously I drive a 98 Mercury I have no money, and only the one car. I'm desperate.
It could be a number of problems which are caused by over heating. Unfortunately non are good or cheap to fix.
There is one glimmer of hope tho. There is a remote chance that the fuel Inertia Switch may have tripped from being towed.
Here is how to check. Turn the key on but do not start. You should hear a humming sound for a couple of seconds coming from the fuel pump. If you don't hear it try to locate the Inertia Switch. This switch is to turn off the fuel pump in the event of an accident.
Most times it is located in the trunk under a cover of some kind on the side wall of the trunk. If you have the owners manual you can find the location there.
If this is the problem just press the reset button.
As I said this is a real long shot but it costs nothing and I really hope it works.
Alterative problems could get costly.
May, 24, 2006 AT 9:02 PM
ARGGGh I wish that would have been it. But nope. It was all pushed in where it was supposed to be. So I guess I am outof luck.
May, 24, 2006 AT 9:45 PM
ARGGGh I wish that would have been it. But nope. It was all pushed in where it was supposed to be. So I guess I am outof luck.[/Quote: 2042180612]
Sorry did you hear the hum of the fuel pump?
Is the battery in good shape?
Wish I could help. Always want to help our boys in uniform (and their families)
Best of luck to you.