The car runs great most of the time but occassionally I'll go somewhere and when i come back out to the car to start it the car starts then sputters outs and dies. I then have to sit and listen for the fuel pump to kick on while I turn the ignition on and off. As soon as the pump kicks on it starts right up. It only happens a couple of times a month and is more likely to happen the colder it is. It has recently warmed up and the problem has been much less apperent.
Where is the fuel pump relay located on a 2001 Ford Taurus. on 2001 Ford Taurus
The fuel pump relay is the second one back in the under-hood fuse box next to a row of three mini-fuses. I believe that it can be swapped out with the wiper relay right next to it for a test. I have seen many more fuel pumps fail in the same manner that you described though. I would have a test light handy the next time it acts up and probe the inertia fuel cut-off switch in the right side of the truck (behind the liner) for power. If you have power when the key is cycled (only for 2-3 seconds) then your relay is good.