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How to Reset the Ford Fuel Shutoff

Updated July 20, 2017

All Ford vehicles with fuel injection are equipped with an inertial fuel shutoff switch that turns off the fuel pump if the vehicle is in a collision. This prevents pressurised fuel from being pumped from the fuel tank should a fuel line be ruptured. The shutoff switch acts like an electrical breaker in your house by interrupting the power to the fuel pump. Also, like the electrical breaker in your house, the fuel pump shutoff switch can be reset.

Determine the location of the fuel shutoff switch. Depending on the year and make of your Ford, the switch may be under the dash on the passenger's side, just past the transmission hump, or console, on the upper part of the floorboard, behind the passenger's side kick panel, or in the boot, on the passenger's or driver's fender well.

Locate the switch on the floorboard. You may have to pull down the carpet to fully expose it. The switch has a button on top of it. Push down on the button to reset the switch.

Locate the cut-off switch behind the passenger side kick panel. This is the plastic panel on the extreme right side of the car, in front of where the door closes. Use a Philips screwdriver to remove any screws in the panel. Use a flat screwdriver to gently pry the panel away from the body. The cut-off switch has a button on top of it. Push down on the button to reset the switch.

Locate the cut-off switch in the boot on the passenger's or driver's side fender well. Press the button on the top of the switch to reset it.

Things You'll Need

  • Philips screwdriver
  • Flat screwdriver
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About the Author

Robert Bayly, based in Apple Valley, California, began writing in 2010, his "how to" articles can be found on eHow. With more than 15 years in the auto industry, Bayly has been an auto and diesel mechanic, service writer and parts manager. He received certificates from Pontiac (parts system), Cat Diesel (engine service), Saab and Fiat (parts- warranty system).