Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I was driving down the road and my truck was running poorly then died. It will crank but not start.

asked by on

Truck turns over but will not start. Changed fuel filter on engine and rail pump is pumping fuel. I have fuel all the way to fuel filter and have purged to that point by opening drain. Then try cranking. No start. Tryed starting fluid and runs that way while spraying. Changed CPS twice, and ips sensors. Should I buy CPS At Ford to check is in was getting right ones. HELP PLEASE

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. ...

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the air filter for it is not dirty. It may sound silly, but if the air filter is dirty the engine will not start up. Starting fluid produces its own oxygen so you can have the intake plugged up and it still will start on starting fluid. If the air filter is good, then check the fuel water separator for if it is dirty and full of water.

If the filter has a drain valve then drain off the filter and turn the engine over refill the filter and then the engine should start. If the engine still does not start, then the CPS sensor has failed or is not the right one for your vehicle. If you need further assistance diagnosing your vehicle, then seek out a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, to help you with the fuel system.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: The car has difficulty starting after sitting for a month, it has rough idling and sputters

Hello. This can be caused by a number of things. I typically start by checking to see if there are any codes in the computer. If there are not, then I typically will clean out the throttle body, as a...

Q: Car won't start.

It is possible that you may have a bad battery cable or a faulty starter motor. If either of these components has broken down your vehicle will not start even with a strong battery. I would ask for help from...

Q: Hello there, my 2005 BMW 525i is not starting but its cranking. I've also noticed clicking sound near at the turbo.

Hi there. If the fuel pump relay is getting hot, then check the condition of the fuel pump when the key is on. If there is no sound at the fuel pump (like a hum), then the fuel pump maybe...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...