'02 Eddie Bauer Explorer will not start (new battery)
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.
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?