when trying to crank 2003 explorer xlt batt drops from 12 volts to 8 and positive cable heats up everything else works

Asked by Jun 30, 2016 at 12:14 PM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

new batt and starter

4 Answers

86,445

Battery should have 13.2 volts no loads and should drop no more than 9.2 volts, so have the battery retested and recharged fully, none of this surface charging. As far as the cable getting hot there could be high resistance in it, I would say run a voltage drop test but your battery needs to be fully charged for that too happen.

did that when trying to crank starter starts to smoke could there be a short somewhere i havent found

86,445

If the starter is smoking then it is no good, sometimes it takes two or three to get a good one.

16,540

If you can afford it, stay away from rebuilt starters. Got three at one time trying to replace my in-laws Cadillac.

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