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Old 05-18-2009, 19:22   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Explorer Sport Trac

New to the forum!! Thanks for having me.

Now for my problem.....


I have a 2001 Sport Trac, it wont start. When I turn the key, it tries to turn over, but only make one short burst before nothing. All fluids are good. Tried to start it with headlights on and they go out completly until the key is let off. Its not a long sound when you turn the key (like trying to start a car out of gas), but one short vrrmp. (Bad sound effect I know)

I replaced the starter ( suck job to do), new battery, and terminals. I tested to see if current was was good in the ground and power to starter, and it was. Have not tested voltage yet.

After all that was done, I got the same syptoms as before I changed starter and what not. Help me please.


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Old 05-20-2009, 17:37   #2 (permalink)
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Throwing any engine codes?
I'd check to see what your fuel pressure is. If it's low, or non-existent then replace the fuel filter first, try again, and if no better, replace the fuel pump.
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Throwing any engine codes?
I'd check to see what your fuel pressure is. If it's low, or non-existent then replace the fuel filter first, try again, and if no better, replace the fuel pump.

How do I find out if my truck is throwing codes? One mechanic said he put a strong arm on the crank, he said the motor would turn one way but not the other. Does that have anything to do with timing chain(s)?, or does that mean its getting good compression?


This thread on a different forum my explorer wont start - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums has similar problems.
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How do I find out if my truck is throwing codes?
You'll have to get the codes read with a scan tool.

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One mechanic said he put a strong arm on the crank, he said the motor would turn one way but not the other.
That a new one..
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The engine is only made to turn one way, or it would cause backfire problems. I don't know what this 'strong arm' is, but there are tools that connect to the flywheel that can turn the engine over, or just 'bump' the starter.
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What they told a strong arm is " A large tool that attaches to the crank to turn the motor manually." I cant make that up. The shop told me today that they think one of the three (3) timing chains is broken, which I dont buy at all!! Never once did the motor run rough prior to not running at all.

Are there really 3 timing chains on my Sport Trac?? They said 1 in front and 2 in back of motor?

After talking to a couple of people they feel that the shop was trying to get over on me. I dont know what to believe. I think there may be a bad ground somewhere robbing all the power. If memory serves me correct, say you turn your headlights before you start your car, when you turn the ignition over, your headlights shouldnt dimm, should they?? Because mine go completely out.

Thanks again for your time spent on this thread.



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Are there really 3 timing chains on my Sport Trac?? They said 1 in front and 2 in back of motor?
That's another new one on me.

He's talking about putting a breaker bar on the crank bolt.

The engine will spin either direction by hand with a breaker bar.
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There aren't any timing chains on the back of the engine. DOHC engines can have multiple chains. OHV engines generally just have one?
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He's talking about putting a breaker bar on the crank bolt.

The engine will spin either direction by hand with a breaker bar.
I guess strong arm = breaker bar. Anyway, he said the motor would turn one way but not the other. Then he told me that he didnt have the equipment to pull "that" particular motor. Hmmmmmmm!!!
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