Serious Explorations Ford Explorer and Ranger Message Board
#1 Resource for Ford Explorer and Ranger Owners - By Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts.


Ford Explorer Generation Guide

EF Swag Store 2015 Ford Explorer Forums Elite Membership Chat Room My Posts Reviews Explorer Photo Gallery
Go Back   Ford Explorer and Ranger Forums "Serious Explorations" > Ford Explorer Ranger Repair - Troubleshooting - Modifications & Detailing Forums > 1995 - 2001 Explorer Ranger Mountaineer - Sport thru '03 - 2nd Generation > Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers

Notices

Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers Questions related to non-modified 1995-2001 Explorer, Mountaineer, Ranger and '02+ Sports and Sport Trac. Problem solving, maintenance, TSB, service bulletins, owner reviews, specifications.

Help! My 1998 Explorer won't start.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-27-2008, 06:49 PM   #1
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Help! My 1998 Explorer won't start.

I have a 1998 start ford explorer sport 4.0 sohc and it wont start and my theft light is blinking my fuel pump is working but my engine will not turn over. From what ive gathered it has something to do with my anti theft device is there anyway i can reset this any helpwould be GREAT!!! Thanks All
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
( Join the Elite Explorers )

For only $20 per year you can become an Elite Explorer member. Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose and fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications really work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members can change the forum "styles" to eliminate most ads, including blue underlined links, and no ads on photos. Other benefits include the ability to store 1000 Private Messages, upload photo attachments directly to your posts and to our Photo Gallery and more. Join the Elite Explorers today.


Old 10-27-2008, 06:53 PM   #2
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Welcome to this forum! Do you have another key with a chip to try?
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
yeah and it doesnt work either
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:01 PM   #4
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Did you check the fuses?
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:05 PM   #5
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
and thanks brooklyn its kinda funny i started my suv to go to work yesterday and it died i already know i need a new mass air flow. so it dies on me and i try to restart it but it wont turn the engin over all fuses are goo and i do have a good battery. I got up this morning and pushed the gas peddle to the flor turned the key and it fires up. Not wanting to take a chance i just walked to work my dad comes in to work grabs my keys it fires right up and he drove around and fired it up 5 different times. So i think cool no problem i get home from work a of course same problem
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:08 PM   #6
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Did you try to disable the alarm when it doesn't want to start?
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:11 PM   #7
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
there isnt any alarm on it
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:12 PM   #8
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
at least that i know of i dont have any kind of remote for it
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:12 PM   #9
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Take a look at this thread: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=227265
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:17 PM   #10
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
ok ill go try it and see be right back
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:24 PM   #11
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
no dice still nothing im truly stumped
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #12
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
I don't know if this will help, but here is another link: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=195398. This is # 66 in my list of useful threads.
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:32 PM   #13
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
see i dont have anykind of keyless entry for it so i dont think that is it
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:42 PM   #14
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Try to jump the starter relay on the frame the next time it won't start.
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 07:47 PM   #15
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
still nothing im really starting to get frustrated its not making any sence
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2008, 07:14 AM   #16
my98nnj
Boonton, New Jersey
1998 XLT
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,521

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
The starter is probably gone.
my98nnj is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2008, 12:36 PM   #17
marragtop
balt, md
91 xlt, 92 xlt, 95 xlt
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 2,072

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
To further test, try jumpering directly from the battery to the starter to see if it spins. That way you are bypassing the solenoid and any relays.




__________________
'88 F150 4x4
'91 Explorer XLT 4x4
'92 Explorer XLT 4x4
'95 Explorer XLT 4x4
If it don't = 16 (4x4), it ain't worth driving...
marragtop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2008, 03:59 PM   #18
TomTheBomb
Denver, Colorado
1998 Explorer Sport
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
well i tried again this morning and it fired right up let it run for 15 minutes and all was well i didnt mant to take it to work until i really find the problem so i went back out about 10 minutes later the S.O.B once again nothing wont turn over it has something to do with the Anti-Theft system the factory installed But Im Truly At A Lose!!!!!!!!
TomTheBomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2008, 04:05 PM   #19
BrooklynBay
Brooklyn, NY
 
BrooklynBay's Avatar
88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 47,603

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
I'm wondering if there is an anti theft relay somewhere which is going. Maybe the contacts are borderline, and it only works sometimes. Check Autozone's website. They might have a schematic of the anti theft system.
BrooklynBay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2008, 04:22 PM   #20
98WARanger
East Wenatchee, Washington
98 XLT Ranger
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 64

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm not sure about the 98 explorer but my 98 ranger has an anti-theft reset button under the dash above the pedals. It's a black little button try pushing that for 30 seconds and see if that does anything? Good luck. Also try disconnecting the negative battery cable for 30 seconds this resents things quite nicely as well.
98WARanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Suggest this thread to friends:



Join the "Elite Explorers" Today!



Search Explorer Forum


Top of Page

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 PM.



US Flag
We Support Our Troops!

Explore the site!


Copyright 2014 - 1996 Rick Horwitz Photography



Ford Motor Company is not involved in the management of this site in any way.



All tips on this site are for use at your own risk and discretion.

Modifying the suspension on any vehicle will cause changes to its handling characteristics.



Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.