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Fuel issues. Please help!!

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by 88 escort GT, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. 88 escort GT

    88 escort GT FEOA Member

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    I have a 1988 escort gt. My issue is that every so often it will crank over but not start. When it does this I’m not hearing the fuel pump energize. After turning the switch back and forth several times, I’ll hear the pump energize then it cranks. Initially, the car never cut off once started so I replaced the fuel pump relay but it still had the no start no fuel pump energizing problem every so often but now the car actually shuts off after running about five minutes and will not start back up until I turn the switch off and on several times after which I hear the fuel pump energize. I replaced the fuel pump about 6 months ago, I replaced the fuel pump relay a week ago and I also tried disconnecting the fuel pump shut off switch and bypassed it with a jumper wire. Still the same issue. Any idea as to why the fuel pump will not energize every time and what would stop it from randomly receiving power? Thanks
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  2. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    well you need to test and find what/where is loosing power. i would start by putting a meter on the FP relay and checking for power when it is not working, then go from there. other possible cause would be ignition switch.
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    88 escort GT FEOA Member

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    Thanks, i'll give this a try in a few days. I may just change the switch then go from there. I'll post the outcome. In the meantime, does anyone else have any ideas? Thanks.
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    88 escort GT FEOA Member

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    Well I tried replacing the ignition switch and the computer relay. Still no luck. The fuel pump is less than a year old but I’m thinking that it may be the issue. Any recommendations on where I can get a durable fuel pump. This last one came from advance. Thanks.
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    You need to diagnose rather than just swap parts. As was previously mentioned... do some testing to see where the power is being lost and after that you'll have an idea of where to look

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