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Ford explorer starting problem

Starts about half the time the other half just cranks and if cycle the ignition switch a few times (at least six) it will start.

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Check coilpack wires plugs. its a elc problem

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How about the fuel pump? Next time it fails to crank up spray starting fluid into the engine air intake and see if it fires up.

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Typical of failing electrical motors or components. It does crank, just won't start? Likely gas or ignition related. Does the fuel pump still turn on when it won't start? Every time you cycle the key from off to on, the pump should come on for a couple of seconds, then turn off until engine is cranked or running. Bad pumps can stop when heated up. Check if you have gas up to the engine-have the fuel pressure checked. Correct fuel pressure is critical for easy starts.
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Post back with what you find. The ignition module can be taken off and tested for free at a parts store. Some testing of the crank sensor circuit can be done on the vehicle, but requires a multi meter.

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You mean that the starter is turning (cranks) the engine but the engine won't start? Be sure it is getting fuel. Turn the key to the on position and you should hear the fuel pump in the fuel tank run for a few seconds. If so that is good. If the fuel is being delivered then possibly you have no spark which usually is the electronic ignition module. The only way to test it is to replace it. Your timing chain or belt could be broken or "jumped" as the third possibility. I am leaning toward ignition module being bad as they just die without warning and nothing can revive them.

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I think that it is more than likely something to do with the ignition. I had a problem kind of similar a few years back where I couldn't get my car to start and nobody could figure out what it was. It turned out that the ignition switch fried out. If it's not the ignition then it could also be maybe some wires are touching the starter or even just something with the starter itself.

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