Help! Pothole caused engine to die?!
So I was driving a back country road into town when I hit a pothole doing about 35 mph.....yikes. about a quarter mile later, my engine just dies on me. It shuts off and i have to use the emergency brake to pull over.
When I tried to start it back up, it came to life for a quick second and then died again. Then it sputtered, rattled to life, and died a few more times. I pumped the gas pedal to try and get some fuel into the mix, and it didn't do any good. Eventually, I couldn't get it to sputter anymore and it just turned over - but no ignition. I spent well over 2 hours checking for fluid leaks and physical damage - thought I might've hit the oil pan somehow. Aside from the usual bit that seeps out, there didn't seem to be any leakage. I checked the levels of my coolant, trans fluid, and oil and they were all good. So I climb under the truck and check my fuel lines. Everything seemed to be fine. I couldn't see anything blatantly wrong with the transfer case or anything hanging down.
I read in my manual about an emergency fuel shutoff switch - found it and it hadn't gone off, but I reset it anyway. Didn't do any good. I listened for the fuel pump before I tried to turn it over a few times but I couldn't hear it. I checked the power distribution box and the fuel pump fuse was fine. I suspect there may be something wrong with the fuel pump itself?
I got my dad to come out with his Excursion and we towed it about 10 miles home on the back roads. we were lucky not to run into any police. Now, it's sitting on the street and I have no clue what to do. What could it be? And how do I check?
The truck has 211k miles on it by the way - but my dad still wants me to throw money at it. I love the Ranger, so I'm all for it...but it's problem after problem right now.