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#76 of 232 Re: Ford explorer 2000 don't start, theft light blinking [tutuchi]
Jul 27, 2008 (7:21 pm)
I live in Texas and have a 2000 Explorer. I bought it used a little over a year ago. When the weather is in the upper 90's or 100's the car will turn over, but won't start.The theft light blinks rapidly. Early in the morning, up to mid afternoon, I have no problem, but in the heat of the day is when I have the problem. I had an exhaust leak fixed and the intake manifold replaced and removed the 3rd party alarm system, because we thought that it was malfunctioning and not letting the car start. It's been in the shop 3 different times now for this problem. Any ideas as to what's going on??
#77 of 232 Explorer Starting Problems
Aug 02, 2008 (3:57 pm)
Sorry...months ago we found the fix for this but I just realized I hadn't posted it to this forum.
My daughter's '94 Explorer would start sometimes, then not start. We had the fuel pump replaced, fuel tank replaced, you name it. Finally my mechanic found the problem and it's worked ever since.
Under the hood is a black box containing fuses and relays. Replace the relay (those black,square plug-ins inside the box) that is marked EEC (it's the first relay on the right side for this Explorer).
The relays cost $10 . We have not had a starting problem since, and it's been months.
Try this before you do anything else and good luck! Not sure if this will help the newer models but it might be worth a try.
#78 of 232 Re: Explorer Starting Problems [pryprsn]
Aug 02, 2008 (4:14 pm)
Thanks! They had it all week and finally did replace all the relays due to some other info I'd gotten off this site. They weren't sure if it would solve the problem,so they didn't charge me for it!
I got the car back yesterday, and so far, so good. I have a job interview on Monday so I sure hope the car is fixed this time..LOL
#79 of 232 Re: 1995 Ford Explorer Starting Problems [angierulz89]
Aug 06, 2008 (9:30 am)
I ALSO HAVE A 95 EXPLORER HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. I'VE HAD THE THERMASTAT, FUEL PUMP REPLACED WHICH HELP FOR AWHILE. GOING BACK AND FORTH TO WORK OK, BUT IF I DRIVE IT DURING THE DAY OFF AND ON EVENTUALLY IT WON'T START. HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT. IT WON'T IDLE ONLY WAY TO KEEP IT GOING IS TO HOLD THE BRAKE AND GAS AND PUT IT IN GEAR, HAVE TO DRIVE LIKE THIS OR IT WILL STALL. ANY IDEAS, HAVING IT CHECK'D OUT TODAY BUT MY MECHANIC SAYS INTERMITTENT PROBLEMS ARE THE HARDEST.
#80 of 232 Re: 2000 Ford Explorer Starting Problems
Aug 06, 2008 (9:43 am)
If you'll read my previous postings you'll see that I wasn't having a stalling problem. Mine just wouldn't start when the weather got hot outside. It would sit all day in the parking lot, and if the temperature outside was in the 90's or higher, the engine would turn over, but not start.
Changing all the relays apparantly solved the problem..Keeping fingers crossed!!
#81 of 232 Re: 1995 Ford Explorer Starting Problems [pearl5]
Aug 08, 2008 (12:00 pm)
Please see my previous post - #77.
My daughter's '94 Explorer had the same problems as yours. It's the relays...I don't know why mechanics never think of them...maybe because they are the cheapest fix. You can buy them for $10.00.
A quick test would be to exchange one relay for the EEC relay (they are marked on the inside of the top of the black fuse box under the hood). My friend/mechanic exchanged the relay marked EEC with the relay marked ABS and it started up immediately and did so for the next 20 times he test started it.
Please try this...go buy one relay (they are black square plugs) yourself at a car parts store (I went to Carquest). Remove the EEC relay and put the new one in. See if it works...it has for my daughter's rig for the past 8 months. I'm trying to let every Explorer owner know (& trying to find the guy who gassed up his Explorer in front me one morning a week before I learned of the relay fix...he had the exact same start-no start problems). Good luck.
#82 of 232 Starting Problem 97 Explorer
Aug 09, 2008 (6:48 pm)
97 explorer has failed to start about 10 times over the last 3 months.Sometimes if I let it sit for an hour (or sometimes it takes a day) it will start.The battery is strong and the engine turns over, it just won't start. A mechanic tested the fuel pressure and said it was perfect.I can hear the fuel pump when I turn the key to where the dash lights up.We replaced a relay and it was fine for 2 weeks.The last time took about 15 hrs and 8 attempts. Yesterday and today it was fine,but I know it will happen again.A friend told me the fuel pump can work fine,not work,then be fine again.It may be fine for another few weeks,so I know the problem would be hard to diagnose while it's running.I also know that it's gonna strand me,and I just don't know when. Help!!!!!
#83 of 232 Ford Explorer Stalls
Sep 23, 2008 (10:52 am)
1995 Ford Explorer w/ 200k miles. This old work horse has started stalling a few minutes after start up and short drive. Power is instantly gone. Put it back in gear, and it starts back up. It does not happen every time, but intermittantly. Sometimes not for months. Plenty of gas. It's hard to diagnose as it doesn't happen when I get to the mechanic. I'd love suggestions to give him.
#84 of 232 Re: 1995 Ford Explorer Starting Problems [pryprsn]
Oct 16, 2008 (4:03 am)
My brother in law had the exact same scenario, start-no start and I changed out the relay and it started right up. Thanks for the advice.
#85 of 232 2002Ford Explorer xlt 144km
Oct 27, 2008 (10:35 am)
Help: My Ford just started acting up: At a stop light or stop sign-it will make a click noise 1st then it will shift down in idle speed-sometimes it stalls-I hold gas down at same time as brake-I know this is not good to do-but I dont want to stall-very dangerous at times. Do you think it could be some kind of idle sensor or relay fuse(blk box under hood-drivers side) and is there a EEC relay fuse on this year or is it called ABS on this model. I bought a new battery-and it has all new spark plugs and wires. Please can someone help me.