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98 explorer won't start

My ford was working fine when I drove to work, but when I came out to start it and go home it would turn over as always, but not start. The battery is good and the fuel tank is nearly full. I tried my second key set and it did not help. Any ideas?

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  • hoffmanlab Feb 10, 2009

    I'm pretty sure the battery is not the problem. When I turn the key the engine turns over vigorously just like it always did when it was starting. All the accessories work fine. It acts as though gas is not getting to the engine. Would a fuel pump stop working suddenly like that? Also, if the battery in my key fob (to open doors remotely) is getting low, would that cause this problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    if you have a security code on the side of your door, firstly lock all your doors, then punch in 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-0, 7-8, 3-4.
    sounds like you have a security code, this will help get rid of it, and hopefully start your car

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It sounds like a fuel pump to me also. if you look at the engine,
there is a chrome looking fuel rail that all the injectors connect to.
on the same chrome thing there will be a cap like a tire valve cap.
if it is a 4.0 v-6 the cap may be blue in color. remove the cap and depress the tire valve type fitting like letting air out of your tires.
it should spray fuel so dont get it on you. if it doesnt, crank the engine over and try again. no fuel, the pump is not delivering. the filter would still allow some to spray out even if really dirty.
also just like cedwhite said you should hear the pump "prime" when you cycle the key to the on position. .
and lastly, while having another person crank the engine, hit the bottom of the fuel tank with a large mallet or block of wood directly on the bottom.
some times it gets the pumps working again but you will still need to replace it.... good luck!

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I am almost 99% sure it is not the alternator it sounds like the Fuel pump has gone out. If you turn the key to the on position you should hear the fuel pump for about 5 seconds if you don't hear the fuel pump you will need to check for power at the pump. If you don't have power at the pump it may be a bad cam sensor. If you have power going to the pump Then you will need to replace the pump. Also you need to check and make sure the engine is firing. If it is not you may have a bad coil.

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Is it s standar transmission?

ok...it could be one of the following...

1. the spark plug wires could be worn out
they might need replacing

2. fuel line is plugged/fuel pump is dead
sometimes the lines can get plugged bad.

3. the ignition deal is bad...
you might need to buy a new one.


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It is possible that your altenator is not charging. Using a voltometer, you should have at least 12 volts DC. If you have less then you more than likely have an altenator problem. Jump the vehicle and while running measure the battery again, you should have over 13 volts, if not then you surely have a bad altenator. Also, be SURE that the battery terminals are TIGHT.

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