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I have a 98 escort 2.0 L. According to the shop manual in order to bleed the fuel lines you shut off the fuel pump and run the engine. How would you bleed the system if the engine doesn't run?
 

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Don't worry about bleeding the fuel lines unless you replaced them. Even then if you can get the car to run the air will find its way out.
 

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I meant how do you release the pressure in order to take things apart. I guess I wasn't very clear.
 

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Oh, in that case do what the manual says. The pressure left in the system will run the car until the pressure is gone, then the engine will stall and you can work on it.
 

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pull the clip on the top fuel filter line, it should vent straight down... a bit messy but its your only solution I feel. The vented fuel should evaporate in due time and then your fine to continue your work.
 

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To release the pressure in the fuel lines you have to pop the intertial switch up with a screw driver. The switch is located either towards the back of the car near the passenger side strut tower or it may be on the driver's side under the fuse panel(this one's obvious). If it's on the drivers side you have to remove the whole panel to get a screwdriver in there. Don't worry just pry that little plastic screw/clip off then pull the kick panel back. You'll see the slot where you can stick the screw driver in and then just pry that red button up. After that just crank your engine until it dies. It will die because the fuel pump won't be on and the engine will have been cranking off of the residual fuel pressure.
 

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I will keep you posted. Actually the engine ran but I had removed the timing belt before I read the manual on bleeding the fuel pressure.
 

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If he were to apply power to one of the injectors would that vent the pressure without damaging the injector?
 

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madmatt2024 said:
If he were to apply power to one of the injectors would that vent the pressure without damaging the injector?
thats a good question - I would assume yes, it would and I dont think a few seconds dry would hurt it, since primeing a system is dry lines bleeding out air.
 

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madmatt2024 said:
If he were to apply power to one of the injectors would that vent the pressure without damaging the injector?
That's exactly what I would do. No harm would come to the injector, in fact it's required on a lot of dodges. Just run one jumper to +12v and one of the pins of an injector and another jumper wire from the second terminal to a good ground. A second or two should purge the system of most of the pressure and allow you to remove whatecer lines are necessary.

Good Luck

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I did the 12v to the injector trick. When I poped the fuel line only a few drops drizzled out.

The reason for all this was to pull the head. I foune a piece of #4 intake seat missing. Fortunately no other damage was done.

Thanks for all the help.

Nick
 
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