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Old 11-16-2010, 18:55   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Taurus Fuel Pump Problem

I have a 2001 Taurus (approx 130K mi) and my fuel pump is acting up. It does not consistently come on for the 2-3 seconds necessary when starting the engine. Most of the time when it's acting up, it will finally kick in if I keep turning the key off and on. This morning it never kicked in. When I got home tonight it still did not kick in and finally the battery started to run down. I hooked up my battery charger and after a few minutes I tried it again. The 2nd time I turned the key on, the pump kicked in and it started right up.

After a hundred or so attempts this morning and tonight with no success, the logical conclusion (well, logical for me anyway) is that the extra juice from the charger made the difference. Isn't 12 volts, 12 volts? If there were enough amps to keep turning the engine over I've got to believe there were enough amps to make the fuel pump kick in, right? I'm looking for some hints/suggestions. Even at auto zone the fuel pump assembly is $270. I'm broke and can't really afford spend that kind of money unless I'm really sure that will fix the problem. Is there a sure fire way to know the fuel pump is bad or going bad? Any assistance, thoughts, prayers, etc. is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-16-2010, 19:20   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 Taurus Fuel Pump Problem

When it's not running, you could jump past the pump relay and see if the pump comes on. You can see where the wires connect for testing. If the pump doesn't come on with powering across the relay, my guess is that the pump is the problem.

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Old 11-16-2010, 20:44   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 Taurus Fuel Pump Problem

Bert, thanks for the reply and for the idea to check the relay. I took it out and it has 5 prongs. I will snoop around online and see if I can figure out which of the 5 sockets need to be connected to "jump" the relay. I still have the charger connected to the battery. I tested the fuel pump and the first time I turned the key the fuel pump came on. I hope it works as well in the morning! Thanks again.
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Re: 2001 Taurus Fuel Pump Problem

Bert. Got a call from another tech in the next town. 1992 intrepid. No heat. both hoses are hot, blend door moves and the fan is blowing good amount of air. water pump was replaced 3 weeks ago. Good heat up till now. Ever heard of that. He wants me to go on a 30 mile service call. NOT. Said i'd talk to him tomorrow. What do you think ? Dash is
apart. He says the blend door moves but i'm thinking not all the way or the shaft is broken. I'm going to have to go tomorrow if i can't fix it over the phone.
Thanks in advance. Oh yah. it does blow luke warm air. Anyone please chime in.

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i just realized i stole a thread. Sorry about that. My mistake.
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