2004 Ford Explorer Starting problem

Tiny
DAVISSAMUEL
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  • 2004 FORD EXPLORER
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 217,000 MILES
When I first try to start it. It clicks like the battery is dead then it picks up and starts up. Then all instruments in the panel starts flickering and jumping then they stop.
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 AT 3:57 PM

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Tiny
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What do you mean by "then they stop"? The gauges and dash lights stop working or they stop flickering?

There's two things to look at for what you described. The first is the typical loose and corroded battery cable connections. Second, follow the smaller positive battery wire to the under-hood fuse box and be sure that connection is clean and tight. Next, follow the smaller negative battery wire to the body and be sure that one isn't rusty.

Also, don't overlook a failing battery. A professional load test will check for that.
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 AT 10:05 PM
Tiny
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Checked battery and all cables what I meant buy gauges flickering speedometer, battery temperature and tachometer gauges arms moved up and down rapidly vibrating like this happened as it started running
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 AT 8:26 AM
Tiny
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The combination of symptoms suggests there's a defective diode in the generator. That will reduce its maximum current output to exactly one third of its rated full-load current and it will make "ripple" voltage very high. That ripple voltage interferes with computer sensor signals and since the instrument cluster is a computer, it can be affected too. You can unplug the small three-wire connector from the side / back of the generator as a test. If the flickering gauges calm down, have the generator tested.

With one bad diode of the six, you'll lose two thirds of the generator's capacity. That usually isn't enough to run the entire electrical system under all conditions. The battery will have to make up the difference until it slowly runs down over days or weeks.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 AT 12:37 AM

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