1995 Ford Explorer Won't Start Unless I turn Steering wheel

Tiny
ZERNIE
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  • 1995 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
My car intermittingly won't start, But I can get it to start if I turn the steering wheel. I replaced the key switch and the ignition switch. I looked through the wires to see if something is loose but everything looks OK. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 AT 2:55 PM

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Tiny
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The only thing I can tell you is this. If it will only start if the steering is turned, then there has to be a loose connection or a short. Is that the only way it will start? When it doesn't start, does the starter at least crank the engine?
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 6:34 AM
Tiny
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I agree, there has to be a loose wire or a short. Either on the engine side or the inside of the car something has to move or touch wires when the steering wheel is moved. Knowing whether it cranks or not tells us where to start looking.
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 10:57 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the replies. The car does not crank when I turn the ignition key. So I also believe it is a loose wire or something of this nature in the steering column. I am wondering if there is a switch/relay or wire that commonly fails. I searched and found some basic schematics for my car but they are not too clear on all the wiring or relay locations. It doesn't show the key switch. It only shows an arrow with a "Hot In Run Start " comment. I have a basic chilton manual for ford explorers and the only thing I can go by is the color coding of the wires. It tends to get difficult when they go into the wire bundles. If I had a picture or a better schematic which shows the key switch and ignition switch it would help. Any ideas for getting this info.? Thanks again.
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 12:35 PM
Tiny
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First, you either have a problem with the starter relay, the starter itself, or the ignition switch. As far as a schematic, the only thing I can recommend is a manual or they offer an online manual on this site which should have what you need. Listen, have a helper turn the switch to the start position while you check for power to the smaller wire on the starter. Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 12:42 PM
Tiny
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Before he turns the wheel he wont have power. After he turns the wheel he will have power. That was his basic complaint to begin with.

The key portion of the switch just turns a rod that is hooked to the actual switch which is mounted on top of the steering column where it is impossible to get to without removing at least the top steering column supports.
What I cant remember is if that car uses one ujoint or two, and if one is inside the car or not. I think most newer cars have the moveable parts all inclosed where some older cars didnt.
A real help sometimes when you dont want to do any needless work is to go to a junkyard and find a similar year and make of car. Usually they are already pretty torn apart. If you are lucky the steering column will still be there and you can see how it works. Should give some clues.
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 7:59 PM

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