Having the car Crank but Not Start is stressful enough... but what really adds insult to injury is replacing parts that don't solve the problem.
What complicates a No Start problem with your Ford vehicle is that a lot of different things can cause it not to start. You might be wondering, "Is it the Fuel Pump?", or "Is it the Ignition Coil?"... and the list goes on.
Well, in this article (which covers both the Coil Pack and Distributor equipped Ford 3.0L and 3.8L vehicles), I'm gonna' talk about the three areas most No Start problems reside in and then I'm gonna' offer you some ideas of where to start testing.
Armed with this info and where to find specific testing articles... you should be able to find the cause of your No Start issue without the whole thing turning into a nightmare.
Here are the contents of this article at a quick glance:
TIP 1: This may be stating the obvious... but just in case it's not clear... a No Crank and a No Start Condition are not the same thing. This article only concentrates on testing a No Start Condition.
The difference is that in a No Start Condition the Starter Motor in your vehicle does crank the Engine but the Engine does not start. In a No Crank Condition, the Starter Motor does not turn over the Engine when you turn the key to start you vehicle.
For the Engine to start, in your 3.0L or 3.8L Ford car (mini-van, pick up), it needs three very important things: Air, Fuel and Spark.
If Spark is missing from the formula, the Engine will not start... and so it goes with any of the other components (if they're missing from the mix).
So, knowing that the majority of the No Start problems start in one of these three areas gives you a major advantage when troubleshooting the issue. Let's discuss these three main areas:
1.) Ignition System
2.) Fuel System
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