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Old 08-17-2013, 09:48   #1 (permalink)
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2003 explorer bang at startup

wife started her explorer ( or tried ) and it made a bang when she turned the starter. engine never turned over and now all you hear is a the starter click one time when turning the key. anyone know of these problems?
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2003 explorer bang at startup

Have you tried jump starting it. What's the voltage at the battery?
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Re: 2003 explorer bang at startup

As Bert said, check voltage. You're not getting enough voltage to the starter for it to fully engage. Also check the starter relay. If you're getting full voltage, you're probably looking at a new starter.
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Re: 2003 explorer bang at startup

Battery is less than 2 years old, and what would cause the "banging" noise?
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Battery age doesn't matter, it could still be bad or had a draw that caused a dead or low battery.
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Re: 2003 explorer bang at startup

Tried jumping it, same result, just a click. what would cause the initial "bang" noise first time around?
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Re: 2003 explorer bang at startup

Without actually hearing it, it's tough to tell. Could be a failure of the starter, improper detonation, etc.
How loud was it?
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It was more of a "thump" sound/feeling
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I'd pull the starter and have a look.

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