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Old 03-19-2008, 11:31 AM
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Red face Can't find the fuel pump relay on 89 F150!

I must be an idiot- but I can't locate the fuel pump relay (or eec, pcm) on this truck! Can anyone tell me specifically where it is? Chilton's references it- but does not indicate it's location.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:56 AM
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There will be 2 relays on the driver's side inner fender, possibly tucked into a plastic bracket on the back of the coolant/washer fluid resovoir, one is the fuel pump relay and the other is for the EEC. The computer itself is in the drivers side kick panel under the dash.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:03 PM
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Talking Paul O Rocks!

Thank ya brother!
I'm seein em now and starting to see the light!
The truck starts cold just fine- but after running a while it doesn't wanna restart, but will eventually. I thought the fuel pump relay might be a good place to start since they are cheap.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:04 PM
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I have a 91 and my were just laying on the fender well driver's side.
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It's not the fuel pump. Sounds more like the TFI module is failing.
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When it dont start again, unplug the throtttle position sensor (tps) and see if it cranks.
If it does its bad.
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Excellent advice! Didn't even consider the TPS

The failed restarts seem to occur randomly and usually after it's been runnin for a while.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:30 PM
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It's not the fuel pump. Sounds more like the TFI module is failing.
Hope it aint that. There are too may arms to that octapus!
Although that's a possibility.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:37 PM
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Next time it doesnt start, pull the SPOUT plug and try starting, if it starts im pretty sure it means the TFI or computer. When mine did that I just replaced both from a wrecked truck.
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:34 PM
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Thank ya!

Where's the spout plug located?

I'm still waitin for the truck to not start again so I can try all these tricks. ... wouldn't ya know it? It keeps starting!
It's knows we are watchin it.
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On my 87 I-6 it is next to the distributor, but i think some are near the driver side wheel well with the relays.
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One simple thing you might want to check are the fusible links. I had the same mysterious no start problem with my 88 F150. As it turnes out, someone at some point had changed the fuse link that provides constant power to the ECM and the connections were corroded on the inside of the crimps. Also, the eyelit connector where the link bolted on to the solenoid was also corroded as well.

It took me weeks of fustruation to try and determine what the problem was, and I went through the same things you're looking at now (change ECM relay, change Fuel Pump relay) and all to no avail. I'd recommend you just have a peek at this and see what, if anything you find.

For what it's worth, I did speak to the dealer in the process of troubleshooting and they did recommend I change the ECM power relay regardless. It's not particulaly expensive ($30.00 or so) and they told me they do get a little tired after 20 years of service, so you might want to consider changing it regardless of the outcome.

I forgot about something when I orignially posted this. There's a way to tell if it's a power problem to the ECM. As you know, when your key is on, but the engine isn't running, you'll see both the red engine warning light, and the check engine light on. If when your truck stalls you only get a red warining light, and no check engine light, it's a good clue that the ECM is either not recieving power, is toast or the light is burned out (lol).
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don't know if you still need to know, spout connector is a few inches from the distributor plug-in, but only if you have a TFI type setup ( a 6-pin plug on the side of distributor ). when disconnected, computer reverts to "limp-home" mode. also must be disconnected to set timing to spec.
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I echo what sconut1 said, I chased a bunch of stuff on my truck, if the chack engine light is acting funny, check the ecm. Mine was bad, truck had been having the issue with not wanting to start when warmed up, then all of a sudden when the keyswitch was turned on, the check engine light would not light up. When I turned the key to start the truck, the truck then turned over, and the check engine light flickered, the truck tried to start and immediately died. Found out it was a bad computer the whole time, it just hadn't completely died and had been trying to hold on a little longer.
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