Own a Ford? Read This!
My wife managed to sideswipe a tree on a
recent Saturday morning. That’s when I got
the call for help: “It won’t start.” I hopped in
the truck and headed over. There she was, sitting
in the dead Explorer on the shoulder of
the road. There was damage along the entire
passenger side, but nothing that would kill an
engine. We had it towed into a garage, but the
mechanics couldn’t get to it for three days.
The following Monday, “Dr. Rick” and I were
discussing the lead story in Car & Garage this
month: “Start a dead engine.”
After he went through all his tips, I asked,
“Are there any oddball ones you’ve left out?”
“Oh yeah,” RIck said. “Most Fords have an
automatic fuel pump shutoff switch to
prevent fire if the car’s in an accident. If that’s
tripped, the car won’t start.” What?
“Yeah, it’ll shut down even if somebody just
bumps you in a parking lot.” I asked him how
you reset it. “You just push a little button in the
toe kick panel on the passenger side.”
Really? That afternoon, the wife and I went
to the mechanic’s parking lot, where I pushed
the reset button. Like magic, the car started
instantly. A little visit with Rick on Saturday
would have saved me a $100 towing charge.
At least we saved on some labor, I guess.
Memo from Rick: Those reset buttons
are in different places. Check your