Ford Probe 1989-1992 Repair Guide

General Description


The electronic fuel injection system on your Probe consists of two subsystems, the fuel delivery system and the electronic control system. The fuel delivery system supplies fuel to the fuel injectors at a specified pressure. The electronic control system regulates the flow of fuel from the injectors into the engine.

The fuel delivery system consists of an electric fuel pump, fuel filters, fuel supply manifold, fuel pressure regulator and fuel injectors. The electric fuel pump, mounted in the fuel tank, draws fuel through a filter screen attached to the fuel pump/sending unit assembly. Fuel is pumped to the engine compartment, through another filter, and into the fuel supply manifold. The fuel supply manifold supplies fuel directly to the injectors. A constant fuel pressure drop is maintained across the injector nozzles by the fuel pressure regulator. The pressure regulator is mounted on the fuel supply manifold, downstream from the fuel injectors. Excess fuel supplied by the fuel pump is relieved by the regulator and returned to the fuel tank through the fuel return line. The fuel injectors spray a metered quantity of fuel into the intake air stream when they are energized. The quantity of fuel is determined by the electronic control system.

The electronic control system consists of the Electronic Control Assembly (ECA) and the engine sensors and switches that provide input to the ECA. On the 2.2L engines, the Vane Air Flow (VAF) meter monitors the amount of air flow into the engine, measures air temperature, controls the electric fuel pump and supplies this information to the ECA. On the 3.0L engine, air entering the engine is measured by the Speed, Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP), and Air Charge Temperature (ACT) sensors and provides this information to the ECA. On all engines, information is also supplied to the ECA regarding engine coolant temperature, engine speed, and exhaust gas oxygen content. Based on the input information, the ECA computes the required fuel flow rate and determines the needed injector pulse width, then outputs a command to the fuel injector to meter the exact quantity of fuel.

On the 2.2L turbocharged engine, exhaust gas energy is used to pressurize the intake air, thereby supplying more than the normal amount of air into the combustion chamber. This engine has sensors and provides input to the ECA exclusive to this type of induction, otherwise the fuel injection system on the turbocharged engine operates the same as the normally aspirated engines.

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Fig. Fig.1Fuel system-2.2L non-turbocharged engine

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Fig. Fig. 2 Fuel system-2.2L turbocharged engine