1999 Ford Explorer Vehicle occasionally won't start

Tiny
KEITH WHITE
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  • 1999 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
My Explorer occasionally won't start. This happen to me about six months ago, after work I turned the key and all the electrical came on, but the car didn't start. I let it sit for a minute or so, then it started. However, last week it would not start for my wife; she said all the electricals stopped working as well. So, I replaced the battery, then three days later it would not start again for her. She got a jump and it came right on.
I was told check if it's an alternator problem by starting the car then removing one of the battery cables. When I did that it kept running smoothly.
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Sunday, October 4th, 2009 AT 7:08 AM

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Tiny
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NEVER run a PCM controlled car like yours with the ground removed, unless of course you dont mind buy a new PCM(computer). You need to find the parasitic drain, recharge/replace the battery and test the alternator.
http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/battery.htm
http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_test_alternator.htm
http://www.2carpros.com/first_things/why_is_my_car_battery_dead_over_night.htm
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Sunday, October 4th, 2009 AT 1:12 PM

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