Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Bibra Lake Western Australia
Re: ford territory won't start
It could be a failed starter motor but 1st Check the terminals on the starter motor are not loose. Also try shorting the solenoid wire (the small one) on the starter to earth with a jumper cable or large to see if that engages the starter.
Also check battery terminals are clean and tight. Also check the ground cable to engine and try a jump cable across from negative battery terminal to engine block. Is your Smartshield light on the dash turning off when you turn ignition on (i.e. when all other dash red warning lights are on)?
I assume it's an automatic transmission; if so the neutral safety switch on the side of the transmission can fail; see if banging the shifter into park with force allows it to start. The transmission linkage cable can also break or stretch; does your instrument panel indicator show the "P" when the leaver is in Park?