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I have a 97 Ford Explorer. One day I went to start it and it would not start. It was not the battery. A friend came over sprayed gasoline into something near the engine and the car started. It has been running ever since with some noise coming from the fuel tank. It is not sputtering or lacking power. It accelerates immediately after coming to a complete stop. Do I have anything to worry about?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Julia, If this occurred once with no none repeated incidents, you may have had a carbon deposit "trash" build up in your fuel lines. You may have forced this foreign particle out, that was at the time, starving your vehicle for fuel. You may want to check into a fuel system flush and a replacement of the fuel filter if equipped with an external in-line filter.

Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Julia - It sounds like your fuel pump may be going out, or possibly your fuel pressure regulator. If it happened once, it will likely happen again - though it may be a week or a year or anything in between. Also since its not acting up now - it may be difficult to diagnose at a shop. Though if there is a noise from the fuel pump it may be pretty safe to say that is what is failing. Even though it is ok right now, it may be worth replacing so that you are not left stuck somewhere if it decides to act up again at an inoportuen time/place. I'd have it checked out at a shop at least to see if maybe there are any wiring problems or anything else that may have caused your no start situation. Good Luck! Bogi 180 Degrees Automotive

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Julia- I believe that your fuel pump is on its way out or the fuel pump relay is bad- noise from fuel pumps is often an indicator of the fuel pump nearing the end of its service life- I would suggest when you have the money & time to take it to a reputable repair facility & have them diagnose the problem- hope this helps- have a great day- Laurie Super Girls Auto.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Julia, It sounds like you may have an intermittent fuel issue. These problems are extremely difficult to find the cause when the vehicle is running normal. If these symptoms happen again, bring your vehicle in to your technician so that they can assess the situation while it is happening. Suzanne

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