1998 Ford Explorer Car wont start in warm weather

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD EXPLORER
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 118,000 MILES
My SUV has a hard time starting when I take long trips and turn it off, do a bunch of errands. It doesnt turn over. Just kinda churns. But it only happens when it get warm out. No problems all winter.

The best part is it only does it with me. No one is ever there and I'm starting to think they dont beleive me.

I've been told its the batter and/or conections.

Can anyone help me?

Thanks,
Renee
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 8:33 AM

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Tiny
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Renee:
Is the starter working properly when this happens?
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 10:43 AM
Tiny
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I guess. Lastnight it actually turned over and started. But was just "putting" like it wanted to start and stall. Even when I hit the gas. It just "putted".

There is never a problem when it is cold out (winter). But the last few days (east coast) we have been in the 70 and 80. And it is starting to not start again. No pun.

If it is the starter what would I be hearing? Sorry to sound like such a women. But this has been going on for 2+ years.
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 11:15 AM
Tiny
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It sounds like the starter is working fine. Is there any black smoke coming from the exhaust?
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 12:44 PM
Tiny
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Nope. No smoke.

If the car is run for a long time and turned off. Or run for a lot of short trips and turned off each time. It wont turn over.
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 12:55 PM
Tiny
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When this happens, have you checked to see if it is getting spark and fuel to the engine?
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 1:51 PM
Tiny
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No. No a mechanic. The horrible part is no one is ever there when it happens. So I cant show anyone only explain it.

But it would be something that only happens when the weather is warm/hot.
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 6:27 AM
Tiny
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If I give you directions, do you feel you could check?
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 11:15 AM
Tiny
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Sure. That would be great.
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 11:55 AM
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_test_an_ignition_system.htm

You'll need a couple tools to do this. Most parts stores will lend or rent them to you. Once you complete the test, let me know the outcome. Let me know if you have questions after watching the videos and reading the directions, and as always, thanks for using 2carpros.com.

Joe
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 10:20 PM
Tiny
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Will do. The videos say that these two thigs if weak or in need of repair will cause all the things I am actually having problems with. But could these things only happen in warm weather?

Test Ignition System (if not working properly it could cause: Stall While Driving, Misfire & cranks that won't start)

Test Fuel Pressure (if not working properly it could cause: Low power, hard starting & Stall While Driving)
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 AT 8:29 AM
Tiny
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Believe it or not, either could be affected by temp. That is why I need to know which is missing when it won't run. THen I can limit what needs checked.
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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Sounds like a plan to me. I will let you know on Monday. Is that ok?
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 AT 9:36 AM
Tiny
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That is fine. Whatever works for you. I'll be here.

Take care.

Joe
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 AT 10:17 AM

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