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Exclamation my 2002 Mustang GT cranks but won't start, please help

So its snowing in mississippi (yes it does snow down here haha) and yesterday my car starts up fine and drives well all day. Well today I had to fight with it to get it to start (this was about 6 hours ago). Now I went back out to later and it wouldnt start just turned over and over. I thought it was too cold so i left it alone and got ready for work. So I went out to it, THINKING i was going to work.... WRONG. It just turns over and acts like it will start but never will. I get out pop the hood and check for any disconnected lines, smell of gas etc. I try it a couple more times and finally admit defeat... I even cussed at it at it still wouldnt start. Someone please help, I have to be at work in an hour and have to pick some stuff up before I go in.
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Hey, Welcome to AFM!!

I would first try cleaning the battery terminals. If that doesn't work find someone who can try and give you a jump.
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When you turn the key on without starting the car, do you hear the fuel pump kick on for a few seconds?
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Well wait a sec. I just scanned your post. You may have to reset your fuel pump. It is located in your trunk behind the lining on the left.
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when i turn the key there is a whirring noise towards the back of the car it lasts for about 4 seconds then stops is that it? the red button didnt do anything either i pressed but it wouldnt budge and still wont start
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The whirring is your fuel pump, so that's more than likely working, and if the reset can't be pushed, then it hasn't been kicked over, so no worries there.

The Theft light wouldn't be flashing, would it?

An engine needs 3 things to run, Fuel Air and Spark. So if you push the Schrader valve, and there's fuel there, you pull a plug, and there's spark there, and there isn't any way for the air not to be getting to the engine, then we have to dig deeper into sensors and things like that.
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it flashes when the door is locked but not when the key is in the ignition. i dont get it it ran fine earlier today. now it wont start to save my life... an yone out there have any similar problems and would like to help?
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Have you tried the fuel reset button yet like was mentioned earlier?

Also i would suggest checking your fuses and make sure everything is getting juice
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i pressed the button it just turned over and over
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im beginning to hate my stang.........
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the cold weather could have allot to do with it. how new is ur battery?? what do you have? take ur altinator out and take it to see if its fine allong with ur battery. if its neither of those thien get back to us.
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well i ended up catchin a ride to work. i did think about the weather having something to do with it. i plan on buying a battery when i get off later. i just dont get how it did start now it wont?
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during my lunch break i tried to start it again but to no avail..... but this time it was really trying to start it kept sputtering and coughing:?: like it was going to run but it never did....
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It could be that your Idle Air Control is stuck and is not opening and letting your engine have the air it needs to start. If you press the gas pedal it'll open up your throttle body and allow air to get in that way and if the iac is the problem your car will start but stumble and die at idle
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UPDATE: okay guys and girls i got a new battery when i got off and it started but ran really rough and a had massive black smoke coming out of the tailpipes, i havent tried to drive it cause i fear it might not start on me somewhere
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