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Old 06-14-2005, 01:12   #1 (permalink)
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Re: Ford explorer 02 problem starting

"Talence7" wrote:
> I cannot start my car. When I turn the key in th eignition, it
> sounds like
> my battery is low but when I get it jumped with cables and I
> turn the key
> to start, all of a sudden the instrument lights are blinking
> disorderly
> and the doors lock and unlock alternatively like if the car
> was haunted. I
> tried to follow the car manual regarding how to desactivate
> power door trim
> switch but that did not help. Can anyone give me a hint on
> where the
> problem might be coming from?
> Thanks in advance


My 2002 explorer has the same exact problem. Have you ever determined
what caused it?

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Old 06-14-2005, 01:12   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford explorer 02 problem starting

I had the same problem with my 04 explorer... luck would have it i was in
the middle of the bush about 3hours south east of Perth (WA) on a camping
trip when my car just wouldnt start .... they finally got it into the shop
but they werent able to find out why it stopped starting ... they could only
assume it was a computer related problem ... they said that there were alot
of error codes coming throught and that one of them indicated that the
computer had been spiked. As I had told them that i had attempeted to jump
start it (it started once sucessfully) it would not be covered under
warranty. Now, I couldnt be bothered arguing the fact that it doesnt explain
why it didnt start in the first place so i told them to just do what they
had to do to get it up and running again.

They worked for 3days trying to "get in" to the computer to figure out what
was wrong but eventually they were told by The Ford Australias Tech Support
Team that it would be worth trying to spike the computer again ... this
should hopefully clear the computer and they could re-program it ... if that
failed they were told they would have to replace the computer (which was
about AU$3300) ... they "re-spiked" the computer , which cleared it, then
they reprogrammed it and its been fine ever since (6months). Total Cost:
AU$160

I know it doesnt really explain why it wouldnt start in the first place ...
but maybe its as simple as asking them to re-program the computer ?

Good Luck

Gareth

(oh yea it started ok after the first jump start ... the next day when i
tried it again i had the exact same things happen as you described ...
flashing instrument panel, doors going crazy, speedo going up and down and
very strange messages on the display panel etc.)


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> "Talence7" wrote:
> > I cannot start my car. When I turn the key in th eignition, it
> > sounds like
> > my battery is low but when I get it jumped with cables and I
> > turn the key
> > to start, all of a sudden the instrument lights are blinking
> > disorderly
> > and the doors lock and unlock alternatively like if the car
> > was haunted. I
> > tried to follow the car manual regarding how to desactivate
> > power door trim
> > switch but that did not help. Can anyone give me a hint on
> > where the
> > problem might be coming from?
> > Thanks in advance

>
> My 2002 explorer has the same exact problem. Have you ever determined
> what caused it?
>
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Re: Re: Ford explorer 02 problem starting

"grrrth" wrote:
> I had the same problem with my 04 explorer... luck would have
> it i was in
> the middle of the bush about 3hours south east of Perth (WA)
> on a camping
> trip when my car just wouldnt start .... they finally got it
> into the shop
> but they werent able to find out why it stopped starting ...
> they could only
> assume it was a computer related problem ... they said that
> there were alot
> of error codes coming throught and that one of them indicated
> that the
> computer had been spiked. As I had told them that i had
> attempeted to jump
> start it (it started once sucessfully) it would not be covered
> under
> warranty. Now, I couldnt be bothered arguing the fact that it
> doesnt explain
> why it didnt start in the first place so i told them to just
> do what they
> had to do to get it up and running again.
>
> They worked for 3days trying to "get in" to the computer to
> figure out what
> was wrong but eventually they were told by The Ford Australias
> Tech Support
> Team that it would be worth trying to spike the computer again
> ... this
> should hopefully clear the computer and they could re-program
> it ... if that
> failed they were told they would have to replace the computer
> (which was
> about AU$3300) ... they "re-spiked" the computer , which
> cleared it, then
> they reprogrammed it and its been fine ever since (6months).
> Total Cost:
> AU$160
>
> I know it doesnt really explain why it wouldnt start in the
> first place ...
> but maybe its as simple as asking them to re-program the
> computer ?
>
> Good Luck
>
> Gareth
>
> (oh yea it started ok after the first jump start ... the next
> day when i
> tried it again i had the exact same things happen as you
> described ...
> flashing instrument panel, doors going crazy, speedo going up
> and down and
> very strange messages on the display panel etc.)
>
>
> "td30" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
> news:1_601308_7c01614503ed066899300813d8da13d7@autoforumz.com...
> > "Talence7" wrote:

> &nbsp;> > I cannot start my car. When I turn the key in th
> eignition, it
> &nbsp;> > sounds like
> &nbsp;> > my battery is low but when I get it jumped with
> cables and I
> &nbsp;> > turn the key
> &nbsp;> > to start, all of a sudden the instrument lights are
> blinking
> &nbsp;> > disorderly
> &nbsp;> > and the doors lock and unlock alternatively like if
> the car
> &nbsp;> > was haunted. I
> &nbsp;> > tried to follow the car manual regarding how to
> desactivate
> &nbsp;> > power door trim
> &nbsp;> > switch but that did not help. Can anyone give me a
> hint on
> &nbsp;> > where the
> &nbsp;> > problem might be coming from?
> &nbsp;> > Thanks in advance
> >
> > My 2002 explorer has the same exact problem. Have you ever

> determined
> > what caused it?
> >
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thanks for the info. I found out it was a dead cell in my battery
causing the problem. I couldnít believe it Iíve never seen anything
like it
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