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Steve

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Nov 4, 2006
 

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Hope someone can help!!
I have a Ford Explorer 1998 4ltr Auto.
Previously had a problem that the revs are high, then that seemed to fix itself. Then the car was recalled by Ford to have a problem they found with cruise control fixed. Weather was warm in UK when all this was going on (if it ever gets really warm in UK).
Problem now is weather is getting colder, when I go to start car cold it really does not want to start. When I eventually get started the engine keeps cutting out "until it warms up" the cutting out happens whenever I take my foot of gas.

Donít know if someone has had this unfortunate problem that could advise me.

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Nov 4, 2006
 
Hope someone can help!!
I have a Ford Explorer 1998 4ltr Auto.
Previously had a problem that the revs are high, then that seemed to fix itself. Then the car was recalled by Ford to have a problem they found with cruise control fixed. Weather was warm in UK when all this was going on (if it ever gets really warm in UK).
Problem now is weather is getting colder, when I go to start car cold it really does not want to start. When I eventually get started the engine keeps cutting out "until it warms up" the cutting out happens whenever I take my foot of gas.

Donít know if someone has had this unfortunate problem that could advise me.

Regards Steve
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Nov 8, 2006
 
Steve,
I'm having much the same problem in my 92X Sport. All sensors are testing good, have new plugs, wires, fuel filter, fuel relay, cleaned maf, iac, tps, and new upper intake gasket. Yeterday, I checked fuel pressure and it reads only 15 psi at idle speed. I had to use a remote starter to crank X from hood compartment because it will not idle by itself. The X started dying slowly under different conditions and now will not run at all unless accelerator is manipulated.

In my case the fuel pressure is a problem and now must check the lines, fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, O2 sensor, and eec.

Let me know if this info helps you pinpoint your problem.
Jim

Winnipeg, Canada

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Nov 10, 2006
 
I have had two ford expeditions -both have rolled back on an incline when in park with the key removed. Has anyone else had this problem??? Help
Jim

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Nov 11, 2006
 
sorry I do not have a fix ,,,, but I would suggest putting on the parking brake... fortunately my two explorers one a 2000 model the other a 2003 model. Have never had a problem of any kind and each have over 100.000 miles on theml
David

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Dec 1, 2006
 
2002 Ford Explorer XLT cold weather starting problems. It starts fine if above freezing temp, but nothing below about -1 celcius or 30 farenheit. Friend says it may be selinoid or relay. Battery is fine. Starts strong otherwise.

When turning ignition in cold (freezing) weather there is no sounds, no clicking, no slight turnover. It seems like something is frozen or locked stuck. Outside temp never below -10 celcius or about 20 degrees farenheit.

Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks, DG
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Dec 13, 2006
 
I have a 1998 explorer and letely for no reason when I start it idles up to 3000 rpm, sometimes after use too. does anybody have a clue about this???
Danna- Murchison-TX

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Jul 31, 2007
 
My Ford Explorer does not want to run on rainy days. When you crank it, it acts like an old car that is not getting enough gas. It will not idol. You have to keep starting it. You have to give it extra gas or it will die. After you get it to running, the problem stops after a few minutes. This only happens on rainy days or when there has been a heavy shower. If you are driving it when it starts to rain the problem doesnít happen.
What is wrong with this Explorer?? Help!!!!!!!!!!
Danna- Murchison-TX

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Jul 31, 2007
 
My Ford Explorer does not want to run on rainy days. When you crank it, it acts like an old car that is not getting enough gas. It will not idol. You have to keep starting it. You have to give it extra gas or it will die. After you get it to running, the problem stops after a few minutes. This only happens on rainy days or when there has been a heavy shower. If you are driving it when it starts to rain the problem doesnít happen.
5point0Explorer

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Aug 2, 2007
 
Danna- Murchison-TX wrote:
My Ford Explorer does not want to run on rainy days. When you crank it, it acts like an old car that is not getting enough gas. It will not idol. You have to keep starting it. You have to give it extra gas or it will die. After you get it to running, the problem stops after a few minutes. This only happens on rainy days or when there has been a heavy shower. If you are driving it when it starts to rain the problem doesnít happen.
Hello fellow Texan. I have a '99 Explorer XLT with a V8, and have recently experienced similar problems, almost always in rainy or humid conditions. The engine will not start unless I give it plenty of gas or drive it for several minutes. I believe our problem is with the IAC valve (Idle Air Control valve). It basically controls your idle speed. Today, after finally getting my Explorer to start, it was idling very low (about 500rpm). I opened the hood and tapped on the IAC valve with a screwdriver. Immediately, the Explorer revved up to about 1200rpm, then back down to the normal idle speed of about 800-900rpm. It was idling much smoother, also!

Typically, the cost to repair the Idle Air Control Valve is estimated at $68 for parts (I found one at AutoZone for $50)and $32.50 for labor. This price estimate is based on $65 per flat rate hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

HOPE THIS HELPS!!! I have learned alot from these posts, so I try to pass on good information. Good luck.
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Sep 15, 2007
 
I HAVE A 1996 FORD EXPLOER XLT. THE PROBLEM IT WILL NOT START THE ENGINE SOUNDS LIKE IT WANT TO START BUT IT WON'T TURN OVER. I'VE TRIED JUMPING THE TRUCK-STILL NOTHING. SOMEONE SUGGEST IT MIGHT BE THE FUEL PUMP. ANY THOUGHTS FROM YOU FOLKS.
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Nov 7, 2007
 
I had this happen to me when the weather started to constantly be below freezing. I had to take a blow dryer to warm up the steering column where the key inserts. After 2 or 3 minutes of warm air, the key would now turn. I then injected some graphite powder into the key tumbler to keep it from freezing up again.
David wrote:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT cold weather starting problems. It starts fine if above freezing temp, but nothing below about -1 celcius or 30 farenheit. Friend says it may be selinoid or relay. Battery is fine. Starts strong otherwise.
When turning ignition in cold (freezing) weather there is no sounds, no clicking, no slight turnover. It seems like something is frozen or locked stuck. Outside temp never below -10 celcius or about 20 degrees farenheit.
Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks, DG
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Dec 28, 2007
 
Hello, i have an ford explorer 2002 v6 4.0.....the problem im having is only in cold weather it has a hard time starting. I've changed the fuel pump and coolant tempature sensor and still did not fix the problem. It seems to be getting worst....the only next step i think to do is change the pressure sensor, but i'd hate to change it and not fix it.....any ideas?
Steven-02 Explorer XLT

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Dec 30, 2007
 
David wrote:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT cold weather starting problems. It starts fine if above freezing temp, but nothing below about -1 celcius or 30 farenheit. Friend says it may be selinoid or relay. Battery is fine. Starts strong otherwise.
When turning ignition in cold (freezing) weather there is no sounds, no clicking, no slight turnover. It seems like something is frozen or locked stuck. Outside temp never below -10 celcius or about 20 degrees farenheit.
Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks, DG
Yes, mine does that too. If it is really cold outside it has trouble starting. When it's warm enough it starts just fine.
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Jan 28, 2008
 
jorge wrote:
I have a 1998 explorer and letely for no reason when I start it idles up to 3000 rpm, sometimes after use too. does anybody have a clue about this???
idle speed control motor located on intake manifold may be defective
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Feb 25, 2008
 
I just recently have begun having the "not wanting to start" problem with my '99 explorer. I immediately thought about the IAC, and didn't know where to go 4 answers. Hearing the lot of you talking about the same problems, and the outcome has helped me a lot! Thanks 4 the good advice! I'm going out 2 check right now. I just had to drive all the way through the city of chicago with one foot on the gas!! Not a good thing when we're getting 9" of snow right now on top of the already horrendous traffic that we have on a day-to-day basis.
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Feb 25, 2008
 
Anyone had wheel bearing or radio display issues?
Aaron

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Feb 27, 2008
 
noodles4punk wrote:
Anyone had wheel bearing or radio display issues?
I had to change my wheel bearings on my rear axle...the freakin things, which are sealed bearings, were about disentigrated...

YOu can get a sevice manual from AUtozone and the parts cost me about $120. You'll need to have a hydraulic press to press fit the bearing back into the wheel hub (and also to remove the old one). YOu'll also need an axle puller (autozone loaned me one...20.00 deposit which is returned when you return the part, and a large wrench.

To take it to a dealer/shop would cost you $500.00 so even if you have the slightest mechanical aptitude, you should save yourself the money because it isnt tht hard. Takes about two hours.
Sam

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Mar 4, 2008
 
ROBERT wrote:
I HAVE A 1996 FORD EXPLOER XLT. THE PROBLEM IT WILL NOT START THE ENGINE SOUNDS LIKE IT WANT TO START BUT IT WON'T TURN OVER. I'VE TRIED JUMPING THE TRUCK-STILL NOTHING. SOMEONE SUGGEST IT MIGHT BE THE FUEL PUMP. ANY THOUGHTS FROM YOU FOLKS.
I'm going through a similar situation now. After asking around and looking feverishly online, I gave in and brought it into the dealer (TODAY). They have had it for numerous hours and think it may be compounding issues. From the initial thought of replacing the very expensive fuel pump, to the fuel pressure regulator and the mandatory fuel filter. That carries a large price tag. Close to 1K to be exact. If that doesn't fix it, they will have to look into the catalytic converter and the ignition module. Since we just rebuilt the transmission and everything was working perfectly up until about 90 days ago, we are a bit committed to our old friend. Now, I'm not sure if it doesn't deserve a For Sale sign. Best of luck! It's been a great ride up until now but at 155K miles, I think it's beginning to act its age.
JamieL

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Mar 23, 2008
 
I have a 1998 Ford explorer eddie bauer edition, and when I give it gas the rpm will shoot up but the car will not go anywhere, or only get to about 10 mph. does anyone have any suggestions?

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