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Please Help - 2003 Ford Explorer Won't Start

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by 2003fordexplorerga, October 7, 2019.

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  1. 2003fordexplorerga

    2003fordexplorerga New Member

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    Hi all, need some help figuring out how to fix my 2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 that won't start. I was initially having some issues with dimming interior lights. I thought it was the battery and bought a new one. Truck was driving fine for a few days after that and then as I was driving one day all the electricity to the interior cut out, but the truck was still driveable until I got home. Once I turned it off, I couldn't get it started again. At first I would hear clicking noises, and then eventually I could not hear anything when I try to turn the ignition, and no electricity to internal dashboard. I read a few posts online and someone suggested the ignition switch, which I changed as well but still nothing. I am guessing now it could be the alternator? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
     
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  3. Tshaw88

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    Look at the fuse boxes and start checking for blown fuses or chewed wiring
     
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    Sounds like your alternator quit charging the battery. It ran until the battery ran out of juice.
    Does it start/run with a jump start?

    Time to remove the alternator and have it tested
     
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  5. 2003fordexplorerga

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    Thanks. I tried to jump start it and it would not start. I'll plan on removing the alternator and getting it tested, and will also check for any blown fuses.
     
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    Thanks, I will take a look
     
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    Took me a while to get back to this. Turned out the alternator was bad. Switched it out for a new one. Had to jump the battery after also as it was drained. Started up like a champ after that. Thanks for the help.
     

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