My car stopped running in the middle of driving, any ideas


Asked by Jun 08, 2013 at 03:45 PM about the 2002 Ford Explorer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Battery, fuel are fine

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timing chain stretched until the poor tensioner couldn't give any a can of marbles let go...or jumped a tooth...look for a timing chain out of did not say which engine otherwise would post a rebuild kit including new hydraulic tensioner with wear shoe and fresh chain~

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If the timing chain is the problem you would have all kinds of racket associated with it. Can you give more details. and yes what motor the vehicle has would help also

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Tracy Hooks

Stay with the basics first: Fire Triangle - Fuel, heat, oxygen. Is there sufficient fuel pressure and delivery (fuel pump, inertia switch, filter)? Are the Spark Plugs firing (computer control, codes, sensors)? Can the engine get air in and out (filters, compression, plugged catalytic converter)? These should be the first steps is figuring out what's going on (or NOT going on). Start there.

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ThAnkyou Tracy, , best u can tell fuel is pumping, air filters brand new and seems ok, spark plugs have fire, intrigued by the computer and anti-theft device, after the fact, post checking all the other basics, theft warning light stared to flash intermittently and was no longer able to lock/unlock doors thru the key alarm... Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

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Tracy Hooks

Uh oh! The THEFT light flashing is a passive system that shuts off the fuel pump (cranks but won't start or starts and dies). Does your key have a chip in it? You might try another (chipped) key if it does. You may need to hook up scan tool to see what is going on with the theft deterrent system.

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Everything has power, but still won't crank

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everything has power but it still wont crank even with a jump

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