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#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.
#91 of 232 Re: Starting problem [kline2]
Nov 17, 2008 (9:04 am)
Sure sounds like there is still something wrong-my truck after another 700. dollars still runs like junk. I need to change the no#5 cylinder -so that is what the code indicates. I need to make more money before I can do this. So far nothing but a heart ache
#92 of 232 98 explorer 4x4 stalling problem
Nov 25, 2008 (5:21 pm)
I have a 98 explorer and when approaching a stoplight it will sometimes stall out. It cranks right up after but i have to rev it pretty good before putting it back in drive or it will stall again some times as i am pressing the breaks and it is down shifting it feels like it wants to stall. I changed fuel filter and full tune up ect. but it still stalls no codes either. mechanic cant find problem. Thanks.
#93 of 232 Re: 98 explorer 4x4 stalling problem [snookslayer06]
Nov 25, 2008 (7:15 pm)
So far my truck is running pretty good-after cleaning all the filters-I need to change the fuel filter and that will be done Thursday morning. My problem was when the plugs and wires were changed they didnt push down on the no#5 plug wire-caused a miss fire and ran like crap. I wish I would have noticed this before I spent 700. into all the throttle body cleanning and stuff. It was a good thing to do any how since I am a sales woman-I travel a lot and love my truck. A mechanic suggested that I do a flushing of the antifree and then I should be good to go back on the road. As for your truck I wish you luck-it sure does sound like it is plugged somewhere or bad gas. Let me know how it turns out!
#94 of 232 Re: 98 explorer 4x4 stalling problem [cpickford]
Nov 28, 2008 (8:06 pm)
Well no word yet on it im going to try a different mechanic if any ideas let me know please
#95 of 232 Re: Starting problem [kline2]
Dec 06, 2008 (6:24 pm)
I jump started it and it has started every time. I took it to my Ford garage and the service manager said a new starter would cost $300. But since it started with a jump he said there could have been a piece of rust on the starter connection and when I gave it the boost it spun the rust off. He said don't do anything as long as it starts OK. I have an honest garage that won't do anything unless it is absolutely necessary.
#96 of 232 Re: 98 explorer 4x4 stalling problem [snookslayer06]
Dec 07, 2008 (8:43 am)
would a bad o2 sensor make the truck stall?
#97 of 232 Starting Problems
Dec 07, 2008 (5:46 pm)
Thanks for the reply; but my problem is it starts fine if it's above 0 derees. If it's below 0degs it will turn over but not start. I'm trying to find out why it's not starting up below 0 degrees other than it being cold because if it's above 0 it starts easily.
Thanks for your reply. CARL