Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What is the fuel pump shutoff switch?

asked by on

What is the fuel pump shutoff switch?

A: Your car is equipped with a fuel pump shuto...

Your car is equipped with a fuel pump shutoff switch designed to activate during an accident. This prevents fuel from pumping if the lines or engine has been damaged, preventing a possible vehicle fire. If the engine will turnover but not start and the car has been jolted, bumped or jostled, check the switch. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Turn the ignition to off.
  2. Check for any fuel leaks (you will smell gasoline if there’s a leak).
  3. Locate the switch under the glove box. You’ll need to remove the panel to get to it.
  4. Push the Reset button on the switch.
  5. Turn the ignition on.
  6. Wait a few seconds for the pump to send fuel to the engine.
  7. Crank the engine.

Tip

If the engine doesn’t crank on the first try, press the Reset button and try cranking it again.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Won't start when low on gas and with adding some gas it still won't start.

Hi there. When the fuel system gets low on fuel and the engine is still running and the engine stalls, there is a great possibility that the fuel system may have air in it. Put on a test line on...

Q: Fuel pump not installed correctly, gas smell.

I would have the car checked out by a technician. There could be a number of things that would cause a fuel leak. If you notice it leaking when you fill it up it could be the EVAP canister and...

Q: How do I adjust the brightness of the instrument panel?

The brightness of the instrument panel can be adjusted to your liking. To adjust the brightness, locate the instrument panel light control, which is on the bottom right side of the instrument panel. Rotate the control clockwise to brighten the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.