Question about 1996 Ford Explorer
The engine of the '96 Ford Explorer 4.0L will crank, but will not start. The Charging System Light came on while driving the Thursday and the vehicle wouldn't start that night after being shut off. Vehicle has good gas, all other fluids, Fuel Pump Shut Off Switch is not tripped and is in the proper reset position.
I just had this same problem on my 96 Explorer XLT. Very random when it would do it, sometimes everyday for a week or nothing for 6 months. What I found was that when this happened, when I turned the key to the on position without starting the vehicle. That the check engine light should come on and if it doesn't, that means the the computer isn't powering up. What I had to do was leave the key in the on position and pop the hood, and on the passenger side of the engine compartment, there is a power distribution block, in there is a relay for the EEC Power Relay. Now with the key on I wiggled this relay and you can hear systems under the hood kick in. Relays turning on, etc nothing actually starting to scare you though. But this lets you know that the computer is alive and running. You should now be able to turn the key to the start position and the vehicle should no crank over, but now fire and run. It took me quite a while to figure this out because it was so intermittent. In the end, I replaced the relay for the EEC Power and everything has been fine since. When the new relay was in there I could not replicate this fault as I could with the bad relay. Hope this helps you.
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
Try the eec relay under the hood. matter of fact. if your truck is 15 years old or older and all the relays are still stock. change them all! this could fix your check engine light and your abs brake light.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
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