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    1. Kuya

      Kuya New Member

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      Good evening all,
      I currently own a 1996 Ford Explorer XLT. I came across this forum while trying to find a fix to a starter problem. I've read a lot of threads still not quite finding what I needed...
      My wife decided to drive the truck low on gas and managed to park it at our home. We had a cold front come in that night and the next morning tried to start up the truck. Lights and regular sounds came on normally till I tried to turn over the engine, the sound of multiple clicks. Tried a few times to turn it over to no avail. Added 2 gallons of gas, still nothing. Decided maybe to jump the truck, still nothing. Thinking it's the starter or starter relay. I have a video/audio of the sound it makes if it helps narrow the search to the problem.
      I don't know if it's relevant but when we lock it from the key fob, the lock sound/honk is more faint than before.
      Please let me know if it's a doable fix (no lift) and cost if I take it to the shop.
      I look forward to contributing and helping, with limited knowledge, to the forum!

      Best,
      Kuya
       
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      First of all, this is not a fuel problem. Start with the simple things...like evaluating the condition of the battery and cables. How old is it? If you don't own a multimeter, take it to an auto parts store and have them load test it. Could be a weak cell. Seen it happen a number of times where they give out without warning and can't be jumped.
       
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      Your problem is battery/battery terminal related (guessing battery). How old is the battery? If around 5 years old it's due for replacement.
       
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      Walmart or Autozone will charge and test your battery. You could also have an electrical drain (like a light on) killing it overnight. But being a weather change, I would check the battery terminals for corrosion, then have the battery charged and load tested. I suggest a Ford battery, avoid any "Bronze" Economy lines.
       
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      Thank y'all for the prompt responses. I'll take out the battery tonight and take it to autozone around the corner. I'll keep y'all updated.
       
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      Another thing to check is corrosion between the positive cable wire and the terminal itself.

      I had that problem, but mine would just click and everything dead after I turned the key.
       
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