My 1999 ford explorer won't start. Battery and alternator are good

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Asked by Nov 03, 2015 at 07:04 PM about the 1999 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Does it turn over or is it completely dead? The more information you give us the better advice you will get!

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Will not crank over at all? Or engine cranks over but not start? Big difference we need to know

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I was not repeating you answer FoR... we were posting at same time

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It will not turn over at all. The lights and wipers come on

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60,665

Have you checked the starter? Clean the battery terminals and the battery cables and if the battery cables are bad then replace them. If you jump the car does it start or turn over?

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Sounds like your main ignition relay underneath the hood.

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It won't even start with a jump

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Is the main ignition relay something I can fix myself

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My battery is only 3 months old

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If it won't even turn over with a jump I would have the starter replaced or checked out. If you can take it out yourself most auto parts stores can check it for you.

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After you do what Full_of_Regrets suggested, which is good advice, if it still does not turn over use a jumper cable from Red+ battery post directly to starter Pos+, where the big cable attaches, by-passing solenoid and see what happens. I assume this is automatic transmission. If it's not, forget that you can run over yourself if it catches

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I will try everything that was suggested. Thank you all very much!

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It's plugnplay, basically.

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http://justgivemethedamnmanual.com/ford/1999-ford-explorer-owners-manual -- Page 185 - download that and it shows relay #5 starter relay /ignition switch

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Get an multimeter and pull the relay and check it

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That is good suggestion from Maxizwell

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Ford - There are several identical relays in the relay box. All you have to do is swap them around to see if it is a bad relay. No testing required.

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