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Fuel pumps were running continuously now won't run at all

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Maddenkm
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Year and Model: 1986 240
Location: NC

Re: Fuel pumps were running continuously now won't run at all

Post by Maddenkm »

Yeah, I might be willing to take that risk. But I'm gonna check out the 91 in the junkyard by me to see if I can find a newer ECU/FICM I can just switch out, but it's the only one I've found around here and it's been picked pretty clean. If I ground it to the chassis am I gonna need to add a switch so I can turn off the relay? Seems like that wouldn't be necessary since the ignition shuts off the relay and it's only the ground, but I'm not sure.

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Post by jimmy57 »

The control modules will work from 1985 through 1988 in your car. The 91 is a different system and has more wires in the module plug so your harness will not plug into that one.

Maddenkm
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Year and Model: 1986 240
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Post by Maddenkm »

I regrounded the fuel pump relay to the chassis and sure enough the pumps started working, thank you! However, now I can't get the car to start. When replacing the IAC valve I removed the distributpr cap to create more room to work in, and I accidentally broke one of the plug wires pulling it off. I replaced them, but I did notice they weren't the exact same size as the old ones. Would that matter? AutoZone gave me the wrong size fuel filter a couple weeks ago so i think their database is a little off on these older models. I'm also thinking it might be a clogged fuel filter, which is basically the only part of the fuel system I didn't change. The guy I bought it from said he put a new one on when he got it, but that was about a year ago and he didn't siphon the old gas out before trying to get it started, so it could probably use a new one.

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