**SIGH** Truck issues. Again.
Alright, guys. 1999 Ford F-150, 4.2 V6, regular cab, full size bed (might need that info to find the part I need)
Here is what happened. I make a 5 minute drive somewhere, no problems at all. I'm away for less than 5 minutes, and my truck won't start back up. It wouldn't even crank. So I thought it was the battery. So, we hooked it up to another one with jumper cables. After that, it would crank and turn over, but not start. I was a loss as to what could be wrong, so I called one of my friends over to take a look. He thought it was the fuel pump.. So What he did was spray starter fluid in the air intake, and sure enough, it started right up, but it wouldn't stay on.
So, the truck sits for two days, until I got my same friend to tow me home. At first, he tried beating on the fuel tank with a rubber mallet to see if that would help anything.. I don't know if it did or not. But it didn't seem to at first. We get to the top of a big hill, and I shift to first to keep it from going too fast and rear-ending his truck, and then all of a sudden mine jerks, and then I realize that somehow we bump-started the P.O.S.
The question is, did hitting the tank with the mallet really do anything? If so, then I know it's the fuel pump. But since we got it going, it's been running pretty good.
One of his theories is that my oil pressure dropped, and I have "dual powered" something or other, I didn't understand a word of that, and one cut off to assist the oil unit, but didn't kick back on when I needed it. Meaning, oil pressure built back up while he was trying to tow me, and it started because both power whatevers were working on the fuel pump. I really have no clue what he means by this.
Another one, which I'm hoping for, is that it's just the wiring. That's pretty much an easy fix.
His final solution (this guy thinks he knows everything there is about cars and trucks) is that the transmission was somehow locked up, and going down hill in gear fixed it.
And of course, the main solution is a new fuel pump, filter, and possibly a sending unit.
Any ideas, guys?
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