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Old 02-08-2010, 01:12 AM
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2004 Explorer won't turn over.....

It drove fine when I parked it...I went out to leave next day and it won;t turn over....No clicking noise when I try to start it...The radio,heater and everything works full power...I just replaced the battery like a month ago...... Any ideas? Thanks
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:42 AM
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I had the same symptoms a few months back in my 2005. Turns out my transmission shift linkage cable is loose/broken. Haven't had time to deal with it here in the snow/cold. When it won't start in park, I simply slide the shifter from P to R to N (by feel NOT by the indicator needle on the dash). Once in Neutral, the safety over-rides will allow the engine to start. Recommend you engage the parking brake and remember to place a foot on the brake to allow the shifter to move as you locate Neutral. Good luck.

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It drove fine when I parked it...I went out to leave next day and it won;t turn over....No clicking noise when I try to start it...The radio,heater and everything works full power...I just replaced the battery like a month ago...... Any ideas? Thanks
I don't own one of these trucks, so these thoughts are mostly theory. make sure if you have any theft or remote starter equipment that it is working properly. . if you have lights, power, etc. You probably have an issue with either your "starter control circuit" or your starter/solenoid is bad. devices that are part of your starter control circuit are , ignition switch, starter relay ,(I think in your power distribution box #12), neutral safety switch( if you have a standard itis a clutch positioning switch), depending on your ability you can take a multimeter and start checking these for power.
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Does the "Security" or "Theft" indicator in the instrument cluster flash rapidly when attempting to start the engine? Does the blower motor shut off when the key is in the "Start" position?

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ck wire that goes to the starter solonoid for power they have been known to corrode causing bad connection
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Had a similar issue with my Aviator recently, but I was unfortunately told by some bozo at Autozone that my alternator was fine - it turned out that it was slowly croaking as I suspected, but he didn't know how to operate his test box well enough!

Anyway, all the accessories worked, but my battery was dropping below 10 volts (and it was a new battery as well). Without 10 volts, the starter relay will not even fire, so nothing will happen. Once I charged up the battery and replaced the alternator, all has been fine.

Before I figured out the alternator was actually going down-hill, I was thinking it was the ignition switch, or maybe the transmission range sensor, or maybe a defective battery, or maybe a loose wire...
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