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What can you tell me about why my Ford Explorer1996won't crank? It all started when my brake light wouldn't turn,so I put another one on then then thing wouldn't crank and that been almost two mons.

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You changed the brake light switch ? not sure i am understanding your post completely but try starting in neutral

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

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  • Willie Walker
    Willie Walker Apr 23, 2015

    Okay got to go downstairs live in an apartment so it might take me a min. or to or I'll get back with you tomorrow...

  • Willie Walker
    Willie Walker Apr 28, 2015

    OkAY Jason I tried it in neutral and nothing but that chunking sound man I need help bad I'm trying not to let a mech. work on it I've already spent about 1,00.00 dollars already fixing the water pump and the housing so if you can "HELP"

  • Jason Larocque
    Jason Larocque Apr 28, 2015

    chunking sound? does it sound like the starter is turning at all ?

  • Randy Ohler Apr 28, 2015

    Put a socket and bar on the crankshaft bolt and see if you can turn it by hand. You may have overheated it and killed it.

  • Willie Walker
    Willie Walker Apr 29, 2015

    No it's the starter ain't doing nothing I'm trying to find the starer but no luck yet....

  • Willie Walker
    Willie Walker Apr 29, 2015

    Hey Randy that's a lil over my head. lol where is the crankshaft bolt???

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SOURCE: Have 2002 Ford Explorer. Wouldn't crank, changed plugs and did tune-up, replaced fuel filter. Ran fine few days then wouldn't start again. Replaced battery, store said I had bad cell. Cranked

Your alternator might be bad also, or the crank sensor

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