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Old 03-28-2008, 13:29   #1 (permalink)
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03 Explorer Just DIED!!!

Hello,
I have a 03 Ford Explorer that just died at a stoplight last night and wont restart. The battery is good -ie- all the lights radio etc work fine. It is a v6 with about 66k miles. When i try and start it it does nothing at all. I plugged in a OBD2 Car Reader I got from my dad and it says error after it says read for awhile. When it died we were at a stoplight, turned green, hit the gas and the engine just stopped. No chugging or sputtering or anything.

Oh, and when the key is on it displays dashes ----- where the mileage and outside Temp are usually at. Any ideas that could keep me from paying crazy ford labor prices would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2008, 15:05   #2 (permalink)
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I would start with checking battery and connections, especially grounds. Check fuses and fusible links. Just because the lights and radio come on doesn't mean battery or connections are good.
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Found the problem. 15amp Fuse that was listed as the HEGO,VMV,CMS,PTEC, which i have no idea what it all means, but am happy it started. Thanks for the help.

PS- The battery was nasty also. Learned a lesson with this one. Thanks again.
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My dad used to have an Explorer used to suddenly die, sometimes with a slight jolt if accelerating but otherwise at any time such as coasting to a stop. No warning at all.
We never had an anwer, but we did pray alot in the car during long drives. I heard it could be a bad Idle Air Control IAC. Take a look at New Car Prices Buying Advice | New Car Dealer Invoice | Auto Buying Tips for more reviews and advice.


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Old 04-06-2008, 13:24   #5 (permalink)
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i am kind of having the same problem except mine died upon starting it. checked all components and did diagnostic and came back with a workshop only code. does any one know what this is?
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