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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-09, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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1997 F150 no fuel

I have a 97 F150 with the 4.2L. When I put starter fluid in the intake, the truck will run until the fluid is gone. I'm guessing it's not getting fuel, and rather than jumping right to replacing the fuel pump/ sending unit, I'm looking for quicker suggestions to try first. I know there is an inertia or fuel relay somewhere that could probably be checked before dropping the tank, etc, but I don't know where these are. If anybody knows of anything else I should check too before doing this, please let me know. Any suggestions would definitely be appreciated.

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Re: 1997 F150 no fuel

The fuel pump shut-off switch is located in the kick panel, passenger side under the dash. I believe there is a access door. You might also check the fuel filter.
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Re: 1997 F150 no fuel

I found the switch and replaced the fuel filter. I'm still not getting any fuel. I'm going to be replacing the fuel pump now, but I have a couple of questions if anyone knows. When I turn on the key, there is a humming noise coming from under the hood. Initially I thought it was the fuel pump, but after investigating some more, it sounds like it's coming from the fuel injector under the hood. Is this normal or should I be more concerned about that and not replace the fuel pump. When I put starter fluid in it, it wants to start, but doesn't. Also, the guy at the dealership today told me that there are usually two fuel pumps. I have not heard this before just assumed since I have one gas tank, I would have one pump. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: 1997 F150 no fuel

Yes if you have one tank you have only one pump unless your a pimp jk lol Anyways have you pulled off the fuel line to see if it will shoot fuel out? Seems redneck but its how you have to do it! if the car is indoor or not just use a soup can lol... after placing the fuel line in the can turn key to the run position.. NOT START POSITION ..lol if fuel comes out but DOES NOT spay you in the face lol you then need a fuel pump... Mine would pump but not shoot me in the face... Then when I hooked up a guage to it it was only pushing 20 psi and I needed 37 minimum. ...Hooker911
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So here's where I'm at now. I replaced the fuel pump, now I hear it priming when i turn the key, but still won't start. It is wanting to start with the starter fluid, but not otherwise. Does anybody have any other suggestions of where to go from here?
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Check the plugs to be sure they are not fouled out, check base timing, check for good spark to all plugs.
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