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MY 1999 Ford Explorer will not start.

My Coil Pack is not fire the plugs on my 1999 Ford Explorer. The coil pack resistance reads good on the primary and secondary. I have positive battery voltage to the coil pack connector, But there is no signal coming from the PCM to the three negative terminal on the coil pack connector. I believe that the PCM may be dead, but I'm not sure how to check it. All of the fuses in the fuse fox are fine as well.

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Well you may want to lean toward the crank sensor which is what send signial to the coil pack the cam sends to the pcm for fuel the computer is usuall not the issue for these cars just check to see if you have power at the crank sensor an also common signial the crank sensor is going out is if you car dies after it heats up and starts when it cools down

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You may want to check a few other componants before you write-off the ECM. It could be it but its not common. The cam or crank positioning sensor, the ignition pick-up, the MAP or MAF sensor, And possibly the ignition switch.

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Does the the check engine light come on when you turn the key on? Have you had it scanned? If the computer is down it might be a pcm power relay. The problem also might be a crank sensor.

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