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Old 01-05-2019, 04:15 PM   #1
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1997 ford explorer wont start

well the battery died so i charged my ford 6 cylinder 97 ford and it started for a second now it just turns over but doesn't start any help would be appreciated i check the fuses but i dont know how to test the big black relays maybe there bad.

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Old 01-07-2019, 09:37 PM   #2
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Your post could be a little better formatted, spelling corrected, and more information given.

If it is cranking strong then you know your battery is good. Next you should check for fuel and spark. Fuel pressure for yours should be around 35 PSI if I recall correctly. Spark can be checked between the coil terminal and the plug wire for one at a time but since it is a waste spark system (putting spark through two cylinders at a time so it only needs 3 coils) you can only narrow it down to a couple cylinders that way before needing to check the coil itself, the two wires on those two cylinders, and those two plugs.

If you have not changed your plugs and wires in the last few dozen thousands of miles, now might be a good time to do that as it may be near due for it anyway. I mean if they're old I'd go ahead with that and then proceed to checking the fuel pressure.

Fuses and relays seem less likely than what I already mentioned, but check your owners manual fuse and relay box diagrams for those to the PCM as it drives the ignition circuit. I assume it does not have an anti-theft system that has activated, a rapidly flashing dash light?
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