Also, you must check if the fuel pump is running during engine cranking. Since you have a distributor, I'm guessing you have the 3.0L engine. To start troubleshooting, measure the voltage on the 12 volt power wire to the ignition coil, fuel injectors, or the small wires on the back of the alternator. You should find battery voltage on all of those points for only one to two seconds after turning on the ignition switch. It will go back to 0 volts and stay there until the engine is rotating, (cranking or running).
If voltage is there for those first couple of seconds, the circuit is working properly. If the voltage doesn't reappear during cranking, you need to troubleshoot the trigger circuit which includes the pickup assembly in the distributor. If the voltage does not appear for the first two seconds after the ignition switch is turned on, there is a problem with the Automatic Shutdown (ASD) relay or its circuitry.
Sunday, February 21st, 2010 AT 7:36 AM