Starting problem in my 1997 Explorer


Asked by Nov 20, 2014 at 08:00 AM about the 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 97 Explorer doesn't like to start after a short trip, The starter hesitates, then starts. I
lose all lights on the inside like the battery was disconnected. The cables are tight.
Doesn't do it after sitting all night or at work, only after a short trip.

3 Answers


Sounds like a bad battery, alternator or the starter itself.

Matty Hudson

If you can the cheapest way out is changing the starter cylinode


How old is your battery? If you had a recent cold snap and the battery is over three years old, it's probably that. If you purchase a battery, have them check out the alternator while they are at it.

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