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Old 05-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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Car wont start. Calling all pro's

Hey guys. Back again. Hoping yall can impart some of your wisdom on me again. Seem to save me every time.

Alright so, on my way to work this morning, about 10 minutes into the drive my 2001 ZTS Zetec started to feel a little fluttery when I'd take my foot off the gas. Went on for about 2 minutes until I decided to get off the highway. The car soon died nearafter on the side of the highway.

Once it died, it would not re-start. It turns over like a grand champion. Just fine. The fuel pump was replaced about 3000 miles ago and has run perfectly since (until now). Can hear the fuel pump priming when I turn the key. Car has a quarter tank of gasoline.

Are there any typical things I should be looking for here? Since replacing my fuel pump, the car has literally run perfectly. Im so pleased with it. Hope you can point me in the right direction!

Alex

EDIT: I just went outside to try to start it again (has been sitting the past 8 hours) and it started right up. Afraid to go drive it around to see if it works alright..


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Old 05-15-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
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You might have cracked open a vacuum line. If you have your car there you can do a visual check of the lines, or failing that, the old cigar trick. Take off a line, smoke the cigar, and blow the smoke into the system till you see it trailing out. Can you find out if it's holding any codes?

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Old 05-15-2014, 04:44 PM   #3
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Yea there's no codes and no CEL. Ill have to check out the lines. Thanks
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Old 05-15-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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Yeah, but vac leaks should not be a No Start condition. Especially considering the way it fell out of the sky... and now seems to be a problem only when hot? I'm guessing more like electrical. Pull out your ign coil, offer it a glass of wine, and put on some good music. Inspect the ign coil very closely, looking for hairline cracks. Check car wiring health going into the coil. Check spark plug wires? Do a good and slow visual inspection of the engine bay.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:37 PM   #5
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Its a non-interference engine, the timing belt may have broke. Take the passenger side top cover off and see.
(disreguard,I just read your edited #1 post)



If the fuel pump itself was replaced, the module's aged internal hose may have sprung an internal leak and you may have low fuel rail pressure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064Ilsz8Fzg

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Old 05-15-2014, 08:32 PM   #6
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Getting codes read may help, "pending" codes can be stored for a condition that didn't last long enough while running to set a "CEL".

(One odd possibility is the crank position sensor, Marde's fail when hot comment brought that to mind - wouldn't replace unless a code confirmed)
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