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My brother in law has a ford contour and yesterday he started it and then it died. I can hear the fuel pump kicking in, the battery is charged. I let it sit for a few minutes and then it chugged a little bit bu still no luck.
 

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first step would be to try the fuel filter, and ground out a spark plug wire to see if you have spark, thats where i would start.
 

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Also make sure that the fuel kill switch in the driver's side kick panel hasn't tripped. It's rare, but has happened before. There should be a label and hole indicating it's location.
 

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Ford Contour won't start

OK- so it may not make a difference, but it is actually a Mercury Mystique. It is a 1998 with a 2.0 Liter ZeTec vct.

As I said the fuel pump is running, I pressed the fuel bleeder (not sure if that is what it is called) it is located up top under the air intake hose. The bleeder was dripping fuel. I am not sure how much pressure it should be releasing ?

I then pulled each spark plug out 1 by 1 and they had spark, but they were dry as can be. That makes me think that fuel is getting past the filter, but not into the chambers.

I am thinking something is wrong with the fuel injection ? Anyone that may be able to confirm by chance what is happening ?

Thanks,
Mike
 

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was the check engine light on at any point?
 

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As I said the fuel pump is running, I pressed the fuel bleeder (not sure if that is what it is called) it is located up top under the air intake hose. The bleeder was dripping fuel. I am not sure how much pressure it should be releasing ?
for future reference, don't ever do that again. i have seen some people do that when i was in the military with jet engine fuel lines, and hydraulic lines, cut your fingers right off to say the least...
 

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anyways, it may be injectors. i'd ask poppy whenever he comes online again, which won't be too long... lol
 

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for future reference, don't ever do that again. i have seen some people do that when i was in the military with jet engine fuel lines, and hydraulic lines, cut your fingers right off to say the least...
Thanks for the heads up on that, I have cut my finger open with a pressure washer, so I used a small thin object so i could keep all limbs and eyes out of harms way. :)
 

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As I said the fuel pump is running, I pressed the fuel bleeder (not sure if that is what it is called) it is located up top under the air intake hose. The bleeder was dripping fuel. I am not sure how much pressure it should be releasing ?
It should be squirting out not dripping....about 30-40 psi. A fuel pressure tester will tell you if the pump is bad (even if you hear it running). You can use a cheap tire pressure gauge in a pinch. Cheap is the key word, it might be ruined from the fuel.
Install the gauge then turn the key to 'on', you have about 3 seconds to get the reading, the pump turns off if the engine doesn't fire up.
 

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It should be squirting out not dripping....about 30-40 psi. A fuel pressure tester will tell you if the pump is bad (even if you hear it running). You can use a cheap tire pressure gauge in a pinch. Cheap is the key word, it might be ruined from the fuel.
Install the gauge then turn the key to 'on', you have about 3 seconds to get the reading, the pump turns off if the engine doesn't fire up.
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spadutyflugins][/B]OK- so it may not make a difference, but it is actually a Mercury Mystique. It is a 1998 with a 2.0 Liter ZeTec vct.
No difference same engine
 
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