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Ford Explorer Won't Start

The RepairPal team is ready to help you figure out why your Ford Explorer won't start. We break it down so you can figure out if it's a simple fix, or something more advanced that a trusted technician should take care of.

RepairPal Symptom Guide

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Why Won't My Car Start?

What are common reasons my Ford Explorer won't start?

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BATTERY REPLACEMENT
ALTERNATOR REPLACEMENT
STARTER REPLACEMENT
38%
of the time it's
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
27%
of the time it's
ALTERNATOR REPLACEMENT
20%
of the time it's
STARTER REPLACEMENT
I ran out of gas and now it won't start
put the key in and it won;t turn over, I hear it trying, but just won't start. What do you think...
I am working on yjis for a friend it has good fuel presure and spark it pops and tries to start b...
A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a cracked exhaus...
A cosmetic crack may develop on the plastic liftgate trim panel. Fo...

What to expect from a Won't Start diagnosis at a repair shop

What will be the outcome of a no start diagnosis?

Correcting most no-start problems usually involves replacing the alternator, starter, or battery, cleaning connections, ignition system repairs, or fuel system repairs. Due to the wide variety of components that can possibly cause a no-start condition, repairing this issue could involve replacing a fuse, or replacing the engine, and repair procedures are on a case-by-case basis.

RepairPal Recommendations for a no start diagnosis

When a vehicle doesn't start it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a professional perform a diagnostic test to identify the root cause of the problem.

What to look out for with a no start diagnosis

Diagnosing modern automotive systems without proper knowledge and training can be frustratingly difficult, but without proper technique the diagnosis will only be reached through changing parts on a hunch. .Automotive systems, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and most vehicles have a communication network that allows all of the systems to communicate. This is a blessing for the trained technician, and a curse for the DIYer who would rather save money on the repair.

Ford Explorer Won't Start Repair Symptoms

The battery is considered “dead” when there is insufficient charge to start the engine, or run electrical components. Normally, the first sign is dim lighting in the interior of the vehicle, and wh...READ MORE
Fuel pumps require replacement if they leak or begin making too much noise, which is a sign of malfunction. A failing fuel pump will not create enough pressure in the fuel system, potentially resul...READ MORE
When the electrical portion of the ignition switch fails, the vehicle will permanently or intermittently lose power to certain systems and components, depending on which position the key is in. The...READ MORE
When the ignition switch lock cylinder fails, the ignition switch may very well work, but it may be difficult to find out, as the lock cylinder can fail to release when the key is inserted. This cr...READ MORE
Starter motor failure produces one common symptom for all makes and models. When the key is turned, the starter solenoid will click, but the engine will not rotate. This may be due to a lack of con...READ MORE
When the computer senses the engine is out of time, the check engine light will be displayed, and the engine may start and stall, or fail to start. Some models may prevent the ignition from attempt...READ MORE
When the computer senses the engine is out of time, the check engine light will be displayed, and the engine may start and stall, or fail to start. Some models may prevent the ignition from attempt...READ MORE
As discussed, many things can trigger a no-start condition, so there may be associated symptoms. If there is an electrical problem followed by a no-start condition, there may be the sound of a fuse...READ MORE