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1997 ford expedition wont stay running?

When I try to crank it starts for about 2 seconds then shuts off. Thought it was something with the security system so I disconnected the after market system. Then tryied the factory security system. Tried to start with a key that didnt have the chip (the plain key I use when I lock keys in car) theft system worked fine" theft" light started flashing and shut down. So I have the same symptons but no theft light flashing. When I was tring to crank it the 1st time this happened, I accidentally tried to crank it twice making the starter engage while it was almost started. At witch time it shut down and have not been able to crank since. HELP!!! Thanks Randall

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  • randallsperk Nov 24, 2008

    The starter still turns and cranks fine it just shuts down after 2 seconds. The fuel pump I'm preety sure still works fine also because I can here it turn on and pressurize the fuel system.

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Sounds like its the IDEL AIR CONTROL motor is stuck tap {pretty hard} on side of it with hammer if it starts and runs replace control motor.

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You will have to use testlight/probe to make sure you are getting power to the solenoid while cranking and wether it stops or continues to give power when starter stops.If you have power at the solenoid wheen it stops replace solenoid or complete starter.If no power you will have to find the starter relay and switch with headlight relay to see if that corrects problem.If doing relay swap dont swap fuel and starter relay with each other.You will also have to test wether you have power at the relay holder Terminal 30 on the relay is power 85 is earth 86 is switch and 87 is output.If no power at the relay holder you will have to check ignition barrel and wether the power in and power out is correctly working.A very easy test for the starter is to run a wire from the positive side of the battery directly to the starter solenoid terminal and see if the starter cranks as long as you leave the wire on it.If you leave the ignition on vehicle should start and if it fails to start you have other issues.Good luck let me know how you go

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It sounds like the fuel pump went out. but you probley broke the starter sorry good luck.

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