1995 Taurus - no start after battery disconnect
The Effect here makes no sense from the Cause, so I'm lost :D
My gf has a 1995 Taurus.
Saturday afternoon, she stopped at a store, went to restart the car, and no power. The ground wire on the battery had managed to vibrate itself loose.
I come by that evening, jam the wire onto the terminal to get a connection, start it up just fine, drive it home. It is dark outside, so I leave it till morning.
Sunday rolls around, I unscrew the battery cable terminal, put the wire back in there, jam it back down so tight it is NOT going anywhere, re-tighten terminal to battery. Power looks good.
Turn key, starter spins, engine cranks, but does not start.
I figure, from the known symptoms, we've got one of two problems. No fuel, no spark. I don't mess with spark plugs, so I figure I'll test the fuel. Tongiht, I find the fuel pressure test connection. Open it up, use a screwdriver to push down the little notch in there, get a very small trickle of fuel, and that's it. No more gas comes out.
So, I -think- then that i've narrowed it down to lack of fuel. Honestly, I'm much more familiar with GM and Mopar products, having never personally owned a Ford before. In all of my 90's-ish GM products, holding that notch would generate a small stream of fuel, until I let it go. So, I'm assuming that it works similarly in the Ford.
One thing I should mention, is that about 3-4 months ago, a local mechanic shop replaced the fuel filter and did a spark plug change on it.
(1) What could possibly have happened to have caused this? I completely don't understand how it could've been running fine except for the ground wire on Saturday, and on Sunday it's totally hosed.
(2) What do I test next, and how?
Your help is greatly appreciated! :D