Has you solved your starting issue? Reason I ask is that I have a 98 Explorer 4WD EB 4.0SOHC w/180k. So far has been pretty good. But as of late I have been have random starting issues. Usually happens in the morning after it has sat all night. I am leaning towards issue with the alarm killing the ignition system. I can usually get it to start by so repeating of opening and closing doors and locking and unlocking the doors several times then fires right up. When it is turning over it sounds dry. no fuel or smell of fuel!
Here is what I know.
-When the key is turned I can here the fuel pump switch on. (confirmed by opening the gas cap)
-check the fuel relay switch and it is OK. Button is down
-I pulled plugs and they are dry as a bone.
-Checked for spark and no spark
-Replaced all the relays
-All fuses are good.
-Keys are good. The theft system light comes on for 3 sec then goes off with the key.
I am at a lose and to the extent of my knowledge of cars. The only other thing that I can think of is the the left rear passenger door handle will not open. The handle spring inside is broke. $ealer wants $600 to fix
So as a result the door does not open from inside or out. I can open it if I pull the knob up inside.
I think that this is playing some role in the alarm
Any help would be great!