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I tired starting my expedition today and it would not do anything. I raise the hood and played with the wires to the battery, tried again to start and started right up. Any suggestion on what could be going on.

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Find the loose wire you and replace it or tighten the clap down. Sometime the wire will erode near the battery clamps if there was ever any corrosion on the terminal. You can get a cable repair piece at most auto parts stores if this is the problem or replace the cable completely when you find the faulty cable, I actually recommend replacement but the choice is yours. You will also want to check the connections at the Fuse box under the hood and on the starter as well. While you are checking for these look for any worn areas on your wiring where the positive may have grounded causing this problem.

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