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Randall C
Randall C, ASE MasterTechnician
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Experience:  35 years ASE Master Tech, Diagnostic , Electrical Specialist
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It will not crank or start. Turn the key and nothing

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It will not crank or start. Turn the key and nothing happens. Battery and alternator are new. Took the starter off and it tested ok. When I put the starter back on it started several times and ran fine. After sitting for a couple days it will not crank or start again. Same as before. Any suggestions?
JA: Is the car in "Park" or "Neutral?" Do you know if your car has a "wheel lock" feature?
Customer: Yes it is in park. Not sure about wheel lock. It is an XLT Eddie Bauer edition.
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 1997 Explorer XLT Eddie Bauer
JA: Are you fixing your Explorer yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Tested the starter. It test ok. When I put it back on the car started. 2 days later it will not crank or start
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 month ago.

Hello, I am Randall. I can only send my ideas as not there looking but let me explain.. you handled the starter to take and have tested, This invlocved bumping it around etc. I am thinking and near 80%? the starter is bad, handling a starter removing and reinstalling can bump the brushes lets say back into place and will in fact come back to life. Many meaning hundreds of times over the years a test for a starter going bad is to hit on it with a hammer. Most times this works then a day or two later? it no longer cranks. End results and summary? I highly suspect and feel you need a starter. I am sure you have seen or know or read about tapping on a starter if you have a "no crank" and it works. It passed a bench test do to bumping it around and now its back to same and need new starter