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Old 09-10-2007, 18:13   #1 (permalink)
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confused '00 Explorer XLT V8 Starting problems

I have a 4x4 5.0 V8 XLT Explorer, in which I am having a starting problem, sort of speaking. Car has short of 68K, and about a month ago, I had the bottom radiator hose crack. When it crack luckily I was not driving it. But my wife had started up, and was waiting on me to come out. She said the air never came on, so she cut it off. When I came out to start it, my steering wheel was stiff and my battery was draining, look under the car and saw the coolant on the ground, and when I opened up the hood, the coolant was spewing all over my engine and builts, particular to the alternator way the crack was situated.

Well I got the hoses replaced, and everything was fine for about a week.I don't drive this car that much. So it probably sat another week after that. When I went to start it again, there was a stall in starting it, and a clicking noise when I turned the key in the ignition. Waited awhile, and tried it again, and it tried to drag, but then started up. None of my lights are dimming, everything is working fine, but I have trouble getting it to initially start, and it is sporadic. No check engine, battery, or voltage lights are on. If it does stall, and I attempt to jump it, it starts right up. I can't figure out what it is. Battery, Alternator, Starter, Spark plugs, etc. It is driving me crazy.

THere is no like Pep Boys or anything here to get it tested. And I don't wanna spend a whole lot of money on trying to diagnois the problem. Help please!

What do you guys think about purchasing one of those auto reader/scanners, and trying to diagnois the problem that way? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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