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Old 10-19-2009, 06:01   #1 (permalink)
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'02 Eddie Bauer Explorer will not start (new battery)

Original Owner
144,000 miles
New DieHard Battery 6 weeks ago
I know the plugs/wires were done some time ago, can't remember
No signs of leaks or anything odd under hood

I pushed it into driveway yesterday so I could wash it. I push it because my garage and driveway are on a slope. It's easy and doesn't require starting the truck.

I did not get any water near the engine or even in the wheel wells. It was just a quick wash. I started it when I was finished and pulled it into the garage.

This Morning:
My normal routine, turn the key and let the electronic fuel system charge for a few seconds, then crank the key. It usually starts right up. But sometimes (maybe once or twice a year), when I hold the key for a few seconds, it won't start. If I simply wait 15-20 seconds and retry, it always cranks right up. I never touch the gas pedal.

Well this morning, all that failed. Then with the gas pressed and cranking key, nothing. What I do know: the battery is brand new and cranking. It sounds like the starter is working too. I just don't know what to check first. Also, should I invest in a diagnosis tool? I used to have one for an old vehicle years ago. I don't have a mechanic I can trust (yet). I'd like to know what's wrong before I have my Explorer towed to a shop.

I'm planning on taking off work tomorrow - should I replace plugs/wires?
Will a testing tool tell me if it's a sensor, filter or give me a really good clue?

Can anyone recommend my first step? A Process? And a diagnosis tool? And where to get one? A coworker recommended Harbor Freight? Walmart?
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:00   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Explorer will not start (new battery)

The first thing I would check is the reset button on the fuel pump cut off switch. see pic below

Second, I would check the fuel filter. Its located under the vehicle, on the drivers side, mounted inside the frame rail. Be careful of fuel spray while removing the fuel line.

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Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Explorer will not start (new battery)

check fuel pressure at the fuel rail
Check for spark
Let us know what you find
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:13   #4 (permalink)
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Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Explorer will not start (new battery)

Thank you for the replies so far. I will reply to each once I get home (after work) and can see what's going on.

I did buy a CanOBD2 Diagnostic Tool at Walmart ($99). It may help tell me. I feel as though I should have one of these anyway...
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:29   #5 (permalink)
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Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Explorer will not start (new battery)

Sorry I took long to reply. The dang thing started after I purchased a OBD2 thingy (no codes). I don't get it, it just needed to sit for a while. Been running fine ever since...
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