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1998 Ford Explorer Won't Start


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Bella8
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Aug 9, 2013, 6:20 PM

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I have a 1998 Ford Explorer, automatic, V6. The transmission was rebuilt a couple of years ago but it won't start. The gearshift is acting like it is stripped. I can turn the key and have all lights etc, just won't start or go into any gear. Is there a piece that connects the gearshift to the transmission from the steering?


Discretesignals
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Aug 9, 2013, 6:22 PM

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When you state it won't start, do you mean it won't crank? What do you mean by the gear shifter being stripped?





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Bella8
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Aug 9, 2013, 6:39 PM

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The engine does not turn over at all. I can move the gear shift but it feels like it is not catching any of the gears, it does not matter if I go slow or fast.I can move it back and forth and the gears I can feel but nothing happens


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Aug 9, 2013, 6:58 PM

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Will the vehicle move if you push it? I'm not being a smart ass, just wondering if it is out of park at the transmission.





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Bella8
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Aug 9, 2013, 7:04 PM

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Actually, I do not know for sure. I just had it towed on a flatbed back to my house until I could figure out what to do. I can check tomorrow if you think it will help. It was hard to put in park before today though if that helps.


Discretesignals
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Aug 9, 2013, 7:07 PM

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Well, you might want to go outside and block the wheels just in case. That way you don't get a rude awakening from your neighbor across the street because your Explorer decided to roll across the road and into his/her's living room.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Aug 9, 2013, 7:08 PM)


Bella8
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Aug 9, 2013, 7:47 PM

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Okay, thanks. I did do that when we brought it back here, I also put on the emergency brake and parked it on level ground. I will let you know if it moves when pushed tomorrow. I appreciate any and all assistance. I have a disabled Aunt, a disabled sister and her 6 kids plus I go to school full time. This car is important. Angelic


Bella8
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Aug 17, 2013, 11:23 PM

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Thank you for everyone who tried to assist me last week. I now know that the car needs a new shifter cable. I should be back on the road in no time.


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 18, 2013, 12:25 AM

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That would explain it. Good for you for using parking brake all the time even on level ground. Yes - certain failures a vehicle can roll right away if only held by trans "park" position which is the transmission hold it vs a brake holding it.

I'll lock this thread as solved to keep spammers out. You can ask any moderator to reopen it if you wish,

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