Car Care


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What the tow truck driver was going to do, and the mechanic probably did, was reset the fuel pump shutoff switch. Most Ford products have this mount-ed in the trunk, in the glovebox or under the dashboard. It’s an inertial switch that interrupts the electrical supply to the fuel pump so it won’t continue to pump gas after an accident. This will kill the engine immediately And, if the fuel lines are damaged in the crash, it can prevent a fire. A minor accident, or even leaping a curb or a big pothole, can trip this switch. It’s a simple matter of pushing the button to reset it. Then you can start the car normally and drive away


DECEMBER 2003. POPULARMECHANICS.COM (Pg. 12)

 



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