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1993 Explorer XLT starter/solenoid problem?

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Old 06-17-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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1993 Explorer XLT starter/solenoid problem?

I have a 1993 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L with automatic transmission. The odomoter reads approx. 104k miles, although the vehicle title states it is void due to the vehicle having been wrecked and a different motor was installed. There is a heavy-duty toggle switch for the starter with 10 gauge wiring. Just recently, the car became very difficult to start and keep running. I cleaned and replaced battery terminals and the battery is less than 1 yr. old. When it starts, it runs fine for about 30-60 seconds then begins sputtering and dies, then is impossible to start for a period of time. I noticed the smell of burning wire coming from the starter/solenoid, and the solenoid was extremely hot when i got underneath the car to check it out. Sometimes after an hour or two it will almost start again, but usually fails. Had the battery recharged and checked plus the alternator checked and both were ok, according to Auto Zone.
Was planning a 600-mile trip to visit children this Saturday...any helpful tips or advice would be greatly appreciated, I'm desperate!!
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to this forum! Why was a toggle switch installed instead of having it start the usually way with a key? It's possible that the wiring is no good.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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Thank you for the welcome and response!
The vehicle actually needs the key to start...the key must be turned all the way as if to start, and then the toggle is used. I was told that the column switch couldn't be properly aligned when it was repaired (i'm guessing by an inexperienced mechanic!) which is why it requires the toggle.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
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Hm, not to sure about your problem, im not the best with engines, but wouldnt you just be able to buy a new ignition to fix the switch problem?

Thats probably an under-rated switch for the starters amperage...




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Old 08-26-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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hey, sorry but IMHO I would say the alternator or the connections running on it. happen to a lexus i had, the dam alternator was built into the enigine so i couldnt change it myself. hope it goes well




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