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problem with starting 04 ford Explorer

Unread post by dfields » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:21 am

i left my light on and ran down my battery, when i tried to jump start it the starter would not engage. put in new battery samething, what is the problem?

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Re: problem with starting 04 ford Explorer

Unread post by butchkaz » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:49 pm

When you tried to jump start it, did you make a large spark at the cables?
Just to be sure, did hook the cables up correctly?
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Re: problem with starting 04 ford Explorer

Unread post by dfields » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:09 pm

butchkaz wrote:When you tried to jump start it, did you make a large spark at the cables?
Just to be sure, did hook the cables up correctly?
No big spark normal but when i tried to start car before jumper cables hooked the car turned over then normal clug, clug, click, click, ect,ect.
then starter would not engage after jumper cables applied? or new battery?

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Re: problem with starting 04 ford Explorer

Unread post by butchkaz » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:04 am

OK. A few possibilities.
A fuse may have blown.
A relay may have burned.
Or the starter is just stuck. I have seen this a few times when trying to crank an engine with a weak battery. The starter actually gets stuck engaged to the flywheel and does not operate. A way to check that and free it up it to either grab the engine belt to turn the engine by hand.(Be very careful) This will turn the flywheel and disengage the starter, then it will funtion normaly after that. Or use a wrench or socket on the crank pulley center bolt to turn the engine. It only has to move a little bit. You would hear a clunk of the starter releasing if this is the problem.

Other that that, you will need to check for power to the starter solenoid. If non, then electrical testing would be needed of the starter circuit. If you do have power to the starter, and it does not turn, then the starter is bad.
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