Question about 1998 Ford Explorer
I am in need of some help. Please! Thanks!
My 1998 Ford Explorer XLT does not start. I am trying to describe the problem as good as I can. But since I've got no idea about cars, my language might not be correct.
I tried to use my jumpstarter to start it, yet no good. Something under the hood makes crazy clicking sounds time to time once it's connected to the jumpstarter, even without me plugging in the key. When I plug in the key, lights goes on.
When I turn it to ignition and keep it there, it makes a few cranks, but very slowly: something like "crank"....silent for a second, then another "crank" and silent for two seconds, another "crank" and dies, no more cranks. When I unplug the key and try it again, it does not make any more cranking noise. It feels like it's trying to start, yet somehow it does not have enough power to turn a full cycle. But that few cranks used up all the electricity in the battery leaving no electricity for me to do another try. That's my impression, but I may very well be very wrong.
The battery guage on the dash board indicator stays between H and L, yet very close to L.
I guess the first thing I should be trying which I didn't is to make sure there is gas in the tank. I didn't drive it for a long time and if memory serves, gas was low when I parked. Will this be the cause? If not please suggest the possible causes. Battery?Starter? Alternator? Cranksharft? Ignition? Or whatever else? Thanks so much for the help!
Have the battery tested, u are not describing a lack of fuel problem, u either have a defective battery or a corroded positive battery cable, that is very comm on on your year and model, I am a Ford dealer tech so I know what is going on with these explorers, it is seldom a fuel pump concern, the slow or no crank is the key factor here.
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