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EricFromCT, Ford Technician
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Experience:  20 years dealership exp., ASE A1-A9 L1 L2, Ford Lincoln Mercury Senior Master, Diesel Certified
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My Ford F-150 2004 w/5.4 engine will start and immediately

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My Ford F-150 2004 w/5.4 engine will start and immediately does...I've replaced fuel filter and FPDM... I'm thinking maybe fuel pump, any help?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Hi. I have seen the mass air flow sensor cause a start and die. And also I have seen a throttle body do that. If you want to rule out the fuel system, you should probably check the fuel pressure at the engine when it dies and see what you have. Also try disconnecting the maf sensor connector and see if the truck will stay running. Can you do these and let me know?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I disconnected the MAF and it doesn't run. How would I check fuel pressure, with a gauge I assume?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Yes. a gauge will screw onto the fuel rail.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I need to go get one
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Ok. Also make sure the theft light is not blinking rapidly when the key is on.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What would that mean?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

A problem with the anti-theft.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you reset that?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

No. You need a dealer scan tool. Or a locksmith has the software to.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

You can try a different key if you have one.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm about that test pressure
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

ok

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If I try to start the truck with the fuel line that runs to the fuel rail unhooked, should fuel shoot out of there?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Yes. Fuel should come out the fuel line at the rail if it is unhooked, when the key is turned ON, the fuel pump runs for 3 seconds.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was bone.... Nothing came out. Could this be an indication of a bad pump?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Yes. Sounds like a pump. Use a stethoscope or piece of hose or something to listen to the tank and see if you can hear the pump coming on.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did that earlier and didn't hear anything... I guess that's why it will start, rough idle for 1-2 seconds then shut off...
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

You can check for power and ground to the pump now. Thats about it. If there is power, and ground and you have no pressure you need a pump.