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When I start my 98 ford explorer in the morning it wont turn on but starts just fine after a jump start. then after sitting at work for about 8 hours it needs to be jumped again. it only does it some

When I start my 98 ford explorer in the morning it wont turn on but starts just fine after a jump start. then after sitting at work for about 8 hours it needs to be jumped again. it only does it some days and not every day. what could be the reason for this?

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You need a new battery. They wear out (usually without warning) sudden change in temperature after years of faithful service ....then they just drop out !
Give the car a good run every week to keep battery optimum. Check leads etc.... most likely the thing, it has just plain gone to heaven. If the car runs fine after jump start then it's not the alterator (you wouldn't get any charge at all) hope this helps... Red.

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First clean battery terminals, then have the battery tested at a local shop or parts store. the battery is mainly for starting & maintaining the electrical system from spikes sounds like a bad cell in the battery. that should solve the problem...

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Intermittent problems are the hardest to solve. It almost needs to stay where the tech can check it when it is acting up. Just for starters, I'd make sure the battery cables are clean (not corroded) and tight. Doubt that will help, but it does eliminate one problem and is something you can do yourself. Just be careful not to get anything in your eyes. Always wear safety classes. Good luck.

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Check the battery for charge and alternator for power (free at Autozone) It might be deposited/rusted contacts on alternator and battery to reduce the electric current to battery from altrnator so battery just draining out. Also if it is very cold overnight (less than 0 F) battery lost the cranking power.
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SOURCE: My 2003 Ford Explorer makes a clicking noise and

It may be the battery,battery connections or a drain on the battery.
If the battery is over 5 years replace it anyway.
If you want to check for a external drain disconnect the battery over night.If it could start the vehicle before disconnecting and can not when reconnected it is the battery that needs replacing.

All this assumes the charging system has been checked and the alternator is charging the battery.

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SOURCE: Ford Windstar 1999 only starts with jump start,

You will need to check on a drain current check on the battery .Connect an ammeter or a multimeter is 1 amp range( do not switch on any powers please or you will damage the meter)
Now reduce range to see the drain voltage , there will be a possible drain of the remote control unit, the clock or the Audio set( for memory)If over about 100-200mA then start to discconnecct the fuse in the fuse box till you get teh circuit of drain to finally point out. Repair the device in suspect.

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