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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010 Thread Starter
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Mustang stalled out, now won't turn over

Hey all! I have a 2004 Mustang. Has been running fine. Drove it about 40 miles yesterday and then parked it. Went to go out last night and it started up fine. Pulled away from the curb and it stalled and won't start again. It cranks but won't turn over. Before driving it 40 miles yesterday, it was low on fuel so I am not sure if I fouled the filter. Any thoughts on the possible problems based on the timeline from yesterday and the symptoms? Any diagnostics I can perform here (I am pretty skilled with cars, just not with the fuel system) I am hesitant to take it to a mechanic so they can seize the opportunity to replace a fuel pump unnecessarily and charge me $700. Thanks!


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The fuel filter is cheap and easy to change. You will need a fuel line disconnect tool, but that's cheap too. I'd try that if you are worried about a clogged filter. You could also try checking your plugs and see if they have become fouled.

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good one wheelin20, hook up a fuel pressure guage and crank it and make sure you have adequite fuel pressure. actually before you do that make sure you have spark from the coil when cranking

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Actually, you probably just ran out fuel... That would be the easiest and simplest solution -- so I throw a couple gallons in and try that first!

The next may be a filter change, but they don't usually just go that fast... Unless maybe you had a bad batch of gas and/or reached the sediment at the bottom of your tank. Again, putting in a few gallons won't hurt. BTW: when was the last time you changed the fuel filter? Recommended interval is 30k miles.

Lastly, it could very well be a fuel pump: I ran out of gas 2-3 times and ended up killing my fuel pump. :p So that may also be the problem.

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Also, check the inertia switch in the trunk. That is usually your fail-safe if you ran out of gas......

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