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Wont start

(1999 Ford Taurus)
in Portland, OR on June 05, 2011
engine died 1 block from home.fuel pumps to reg. checked spark .got spark but wont start
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on June 05, 2011
Make sure that you have at least 35-40 psi of fuel pressure as you crank over the car, this is really important, not with the key on, but as you crank over the car. You may have some fuel getting to the injectors, but it has to be at at least 35-40 psi Also, check the injector pulse, to make sure that the computer is turning on the injectors as you crank the car over.
And how did you check for spark? Take a test plug and see if there is at least about an 1/8 inch of snapping yellow spark as you crank the car over. And Check for any codes in the computer system to see if a sensor failed.
When I check a car in the shop that won't start, even a 90+ computer Mercedes, I always verify fuel pressure, injector pulse and spark. And then I check for codes, I check the basics first, and then see if there is a code that supports my inspections. It only takes me about 15 minutes or less to do this, so you, with out as much practice can do it in about an hour.
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on June 05, 2011
checked all three items .40 psi fuel bright yellow spark juice at injetor . still wopnt fire?
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