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My 98 ford explorer has power and cranks but wont start I replaced the starter and cables checked the relay switch and fuses. However when I turn the key and she tries to crank I loss all power. Im at a lost

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You might try doing some trouble shooting. Check your local parts supply and see if they sell and inline spark plug/wire tester. Then see if you are getting spark when you crank the engine. If you are then its a fuel problem. You can post back with what you find out.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

  • Jean LeVasseur Oct 18, 2013

    It not fuel problem its some sort of voltage problem. At first when it didn't turn over I thought it needed a jump so I tried to jump it from my other truck and as I turned the key it sucked all the power from that truck as well making it stall out.



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Make sure battery cables are tight and posts of battery are not loose

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SOURCE: 94 explorer no crank but starts when bridged at relay. changed bat. starter, relay, ignition coil/ switch/ and ignition, terminals, ground cable, fuse, black relayZ?????

Check for power on the red with light blue wire at the ignition switch with the key in the crank position. If there is no power make sure there is power on the yellow wire at the ignition switch. Also check to make sure the key is making the full turn to the crank position. If there is power than check for power on the Pink wire at the neutral safety switch on the side of the automatic transmission. If there is not power I need to know if you have the anti-theft system or not. If there is power than check for power out of the neutral safety switch on the red with light blue wire. If there is power on that wire pull the starter relay and check to see if two pins are grounded all the time. One of the other two pins that are not grounded should have power all the time. The other pin should have power when the key is in the crank position. That should get you started. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using!

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SOURCE: 98 ford explorer cranks wont fire

Check your Cam,MAP,MAF sensors.

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Yes, there is a starter relay which is most likely the culprit.

Trace the red battery cable, you'll find the relay at the end of it. Disconnect the starter cable and the battery cable, but not the ignition switch leads, from the relay. Then test for continuity through the switch side of the relay when the ignition is turned to start.

If there is no continuity, the relay is bad.

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