2002 Explorer Died While Driving


Asked by Apr 20, 2015 at 11:49 AM about the 2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 ford explorer 6 cyl with roughly 135k on it. It's always ran great for me. However, I was driving today, it's a very rainy day, and I was doing about 45 or so when all of a sudden I saw my check engine light come on. I looked down and my tac was on 0. I rolled to a stop, put hazzards on, put it in park and tried to restart. The engine cranked and cranked and cranked (brand new interstate battery) but nothing. She would not start. I waited a few and tried again in case I flooded. Still would not not start. I popped the hood and played around with the power distribution box and started pushing down on the relays and fuses. Got back in and tried to start again. It started. I pulled forward and it died again. I got back out and played with the fuses and relays again. She started again. I was able to drive home this time.  Im not sure what is causing this but could it be a relay or fuse in this power distribution box? The engine was cranking perfectly but just not kicking over.  What could I check? I know how to see if a fuse is dead but have no clue how to tell if a relay is bad. Not sure which to check either. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I really need to try to fix this myself as money is very tight lately.

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Your not going to believe it,but the same thing happened to me today ! Seems to be a common thing on the 99-03. http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t11903_ds525249 i got some good answers here. Mine is a 2001 Sport Trac same engine,with 132 K miles. I just let it sit for a bit,started right up and drove home about 20 miles with out a hiccup ! hope you get it fixed,good luck !


rest the rollover valve (passenger side under front carpet) red button on top.the valve goes bad and shuts off the fuel to the engine.

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