97 ford explorer wont start

Tracie Collins

Asked by Feb 28, 2016 at 05:35 AM about the 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUV

Question type: General

I have a 97 ford explorer. Battery is new. Being that
it is old, there are some problems with it, but none
that have ever affected the motor or its major

Lately, the belt screeches when it is started.
Sometimes also if air/heater is running.  The belt
was changed and the problem continues.  

Today i drove about 2 hours. One pit stop to fill
tank with gas, before leaving town. Once arriving to
my destiation, i turned vehicle off for several
minutes. When i tried to start it again after it sat
about 5 minutes, it wuld not start. There is power,
but no crank or any sound.  I am out of town with
an infant and minimal funds.  I am really trying not
to call my parents and get them involved.

This has never happened to me in the year i have
driven it, but i do not know if it has to anyone else
who has in the past.

Anyone know wut the problem culd be?  Culd the
belt problem affect it not starting?

3 Answers


You have power but it won't turn over.means no power to starter solenoid. First check the wire connections then you need a volt meter to se that power gets to it.if it getting juice but Not cranking. You need a New starter......easy if you have tools.. Its two 5/8 bolts and a couple 1/2 nuts on solenoid mounted to starter. Take old starter to parts store to save money for core deposit. And the noise is not the belt. Its bearings going out in alternator or the ac motor.

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yes, but check all the pulleys, idler pulley and tensioner can go bad too.

Tracie Collins

So i first check the battery connection. Noticed it was loose and didnt have any tools, so i used a key ring to wrap around the cable and make a connection to battery. Turned the ignition to on position and pressed a knife against starter relay. Car started fine. Did it one more time an hour later, drove for 20 minutes. Tried starting car with key and it started. Havent had a problem since. Drove back home and it still starts. So it must have been connection to battery. Thank you.

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