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#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.
#87 of 232 Starting problem
Nov 07, 2008 (9:23 am)
I have a 98 Explorer, 5.0 V8 AWD that won't start. The starter seems to spin but does not engage the engine. The headlights are bright so I assume it is not the battery. Any ideas?
#88 of 232 Re: Starting problem [kline2]
Nov 12, 2008 (8:24 am)
My daughter has a 2000 Ford Explorer. It has an intermittent problem where she will drive it for about 20-30 minutes, turn it off for 5-10 minutes, and when she tries to restart it, it won't crank. It's like its battery is totally dead - except all the electrical components work - headlights, radio, etc. If you let it sit for a while (5 min - 1 hour), it will start up fine and run fine.
In the last month, it takes longer and longer to sit before it will start. I've had it towed twice to garages becuase it won't start (and you can't jump it). Of course when it gets to the garage, it starts up fine. The battery, starter, altenator, etc. all check out fine.
Any thoughts? I don't want my daughter to drive this and wind up stranded in a bad spot. Help?!?!?
#89 of 232 Re: Starting problem [kraymer]
Nov 12, 2008 (11:40 am)
Hello: Sell it! No I am not sure-I too am still working on mine-so far I changed the battery-ignition coil-all plugs and wires-still runs rough-mine is a 2002 4x4 Ford Explorer-6cy XLT---I just relearned the trucks idle speeds computer(reset it-by following the instruction in my handbook) Still runs the same-hesitates and putters at times. I am know going to change all the filters and pcv valve-cost about 50.00-I should of tried this 1st-but I am doing it tomorrow. I will post after to let people know what happened-good or bad.
Good Luck on yours or your daughters Explorer
#90 of 232 Re: Starting problem [kline2]
Nov 15, 2008 (11:17 am)
I jump started the Explorer and it started right away. I have left it in the garage and it has started a number of times now. I checked the indicator cell on the battery and it was red, which supposedly means a low battery. Then I connected a battery charger and charged it overnight. The indicator is still red, but maybe it isn't working right. I cleaned the battery posts and when I reconnected the cables there was a small spark, but nothing was on in the vehicle. Maybe a drain on the battery somewhere? I'm using the car until the snow flies and then I'll need the Explorer. Still think something is wrong.