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How to Reset the Fuel Pump on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Many of good and not-so-good mechanics have replaced Vehicles fuel pumps only to find out that the pickup still would crank but not start. What these mechanics failed to realize is that Vehicles fitted the Vehicles with a fuel pump shut-off switch, which cuts off all power to the switch in the case of an accident or rollover. Resetting the fuel pump switch on the Vehicles is a quick task, but Vehicles hid the button in an inconspicuous location.

Under The Hood:

 How to Reset the Fuel Pump on a 1999 Ford Taurus

Switch the vehicle's ignition to the "OFF" position. Check underneath the vehicle and inside the engine compartment for any apparent fuel leaks.

Locate and reset the fuel pump cut-off switch. If you own a sedan model, the fuel pump cut-off switch will be located inside the trunk, behind the carpeted liner, on the right-side inner fender and will feature a small, red button. Wagon owners will find the fuel pump cut-off switch behind the plastic service panel door, on the right side of the cargo area, near the rear hatch.

Switch the vehicle's ignition to the "ON" position to momentarily engage the fuel pump. After a few seconds, switch the ignition back to the "OFF" position and check the vehicle for any signs of fuel leakage. If you do not discover any fuel leakage from the vehicle, continue using the vehicle normally.

 How to Reset the Fuel Pump in a 1996 Jeep Cherokee

Remove the fuel cap and listen closely for the fuel pump to come on as a someone turns on the ignition key. The pump runs for only 2 seconds at a time when the engine is not running.

Turn on the key for 3 seconds and off for 5 seconds and on again a couple of times. If the pump cannot be heard, then replace the cap.

Shut off your Jeep. Open the bonnet and check the fuse to the fuel pump. The Fuse box is located in the engine bay.

Open the fuse box and read the list on the inside cover. This will help you locate the fuel pump fuse.

Pull the fuse out and look at the silver wire inside. If there is a melted or broken wire then find a new fuse that has the same rating as the one you removed. Verify this against the fuse box cover or the fuse itself.

Put the new fuse in and click it into place.

Remove the relay and using the Circuit Tester, test the terminals that it was plugged into for power with the key off. There should be one terminal with power. If not, there is a bad wire under the fuse block to the battery; it should have constant power at one terminal. If there is power then replace the relay and the unit should work.

Items you will need

  • Someone to help

  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

  • Circuit Tester

 How to Reset the Fuel Pump on a 1991 Ford F150 Truck

Adjust the driver’s seat as far back as it will go. Position yourself under the dash, so you have a clear view of the steering column as it goes through the firewall.

Look to the driver’s side of the steering column and find the black box with a red button on it.

Press this red button until you hear it click and the button remains in the depressed position. This is the “On” position and now allows electricity to flow to the fuel pump.

 How to Reset the Fuel Pump on My 2001 Lincoln Town Car

Inspect the area underneath your Town Car closely. Make sure that the vehicle does not have a fuel leak. If you do see any fluids leaking, contact a professional immediately.

Open your Town Car's trunk. Look on the driver-side trunk hinge. Mounted on this hinge, you'll find your fuel-pump reset switch. The button is labeled "Reset."

Turn your key to "Off" and take it out of the ignition. Return to the trunk area and press the "Reset" button firmly.

Turn the key to "On" for about five seconds, and then turn it back to "Off" and remove it. Recheck the area underneath your car for fuel leaks. If no leaks are apparent, proceed to start your engine and drive the Town Car.

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