2000 Expedition sometimes won't start


FLEXTHEDOG
02-25-2005, 04:57 PM
Having a real headache with my Expedition. After doing short journey's will park up the car, come back and it won't start. The dashboard lights are on everything seems ok but the engine won't even turnover. Leave it for about 45mins+, it stars immediately. The mornings are no problem at all it starts first turn.

It is now going into the Ford Dealers for the 3rd time, 1st they cut me new keys was fine for 5days problem returned, 2nd they replaced a new ground cable was great for 22days then same old problem returned. They ran a diagnostic test and everything was working fine. They really seem lost for words and don't seem to have any idea what is happening.

Can anyone help, seriously thinking about trading it in.

Thanks

baytique
05-23-2005, 04:45 AM
Your expedition sounds like ours. We have had the battery, alternator, and starter checked. We replaced the starter and are back to the same problem. Have you found a solution. We would appreciate any help you can provide. Our e-mail address is Baytique2@AOL.com. Thanks for your input. We are going crazy!!!!! Were you able to trade it in?

ker1998
06-10-2005, 03:41 AM
Mine just started doing the same thing only it now goes for hours or days without starting. I've had it in the shop several times and they can't find anything wrong with it because it starts for them. If you find a solution please post it.

finistere21
07-01-2005, 11:15 AM
Our '99 4.6L is doing the same thing, i'm determined to find the cause, so far we've ruled out the battery, starter, alternator, pats, wires from battery to ignition, wires from ignition to starter. we did notice that if we put the key in the on position and short two of the wires on the starter, it starts fine, but the radio doesn't come on durring this seemingly random problem. the more we get into it the more it looks like the ignition where the key goes. i'll keep you posted.

legends32
07-25-2005, 12:25 PM
My 2000 Expedition had the same problem. The dealer replaced the starter relay for $40, and the problem seems to be solved. The diagnostics however cost $200. Take a gamble and have the relay replaced without the diagnostics.

Chestermom
06-23-2006, 07:11 AM
:banghead:

I'm having the same problem -- no one can diagnose problem -- have heard people have gotten help by changing starter relay or engine immobilizer --

This is going on for 2 months -- I'm afraid to drive it anywhere I can't afford to get stuck.

Everything works -- won't turn over -- let it sit -- turns over like a charm

Ugh

big foot
03-12-2007, 10:03 PM
My 2000 Expedition had the same problem. The dealer replaced the starter relay for $40, and the problem seems to be solved. The diagnostics however cost $200. Take a gamble and have the relay replaced without the diagnostics.

:screwy:
I DID HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY ESPY DEALER REPLACED THE SOLENOID BUT NOW IT RUNS LIKE CRAP IT MISSFIRES I GET A CODE SPARK PLUG NUMBER 4 MY QUESTION IS IF YOU DISCONNECT THE BATERY WOULD IT MAKE IT RUN LIKE THIS? DO THE DEALER HAD TO REPROGRAM MY TRUCK? IT USED TO RUN FINE TILL THIS HAPPEN.....REALLY CONFUZED...:icon16:

bearcat329
03-14-2007, 09:01 PM
the # 4 coil is infamous for failing! i'm guessing that it's a seperate issue from what you had fixed by the dealer. so far i've lost 5 coils in 3 years, but not # 4 yet! ( crossing fingers)
have that coil replaced and go about your merry way! (hopefully)
good luck!
Rick, Ore

dugan50
03-14-2007, 09:56 PM
Has anyone though to check the anti-theft system on your vehicles. All of your posts sound suspiciously like a lock out situation. Just a guess
htpp://www.stolenandrecovered.com

big foot
03-14-2007, 10:38 PM
the # 4 coil is infamous for failing! i'm guessing that it's a seperate issue from what you had fixed by the dealer. so far i've lost 5 coils in 3 years, but not # 4 yet! ( crossing fingers)
have that coil replaced and go about your merry way! (hopefully)
good luck!
Rick, Ore
:lol: the dealer check the truck and they said it was a seperate issue trying to start the truck too many time could have done it but anyway $250 dollars latter I am back on the road ....

Brucelammes
05-18-2007, 05:07 PM
I am having the same issue with my 1997. The starter relay is something I have not tried but I will now. I have noticed that sometimes when it won't start the power locks fire and lock the doors. Weird huh?

Has anyone filled a complaint with NHTSA? I did. If they get enough complaints maybe Ford will issue a recall and get this problem fixed.

carlos80
05-22-2007, 06:29 PM
I am having the same issue with my 1997. The starter relay is something I have not tried but I will now. I have noticed that sometimes when it won't start the power locks fire and lock the doors. Weird huh?

Has anyone filled a complaint with NHTSA? I did. If they get enough complaints maybe Ford will issue a recall and get this problem fixed.
Fat chance on the recall if its not a safety issue they won't recall it.

bbmoody
06-27-2007, 01:15 PM
Mine does this once in a while, all I do to get it to start is pull up on the the shift lever while turning the key and it starts right up or put your foot on the brake and put in nuetral to start.

wahdkanje
07-06-2007, 05:52 AM
My 2000 Expedition had the same problem. The dealer replaced the starter relay for $40, and the problem seems to be solved. The diagnostics however cost $200. Take a gamble and have the relay replaced without the diagnostics.

Yes, some expeditions have this problem! If nothing happens when cranking, most likely it's the relay located in the engine compartment fuse box!

JP.1971
08-25-2013, 09:59 AM
2000 ford expedition EDDIE Bauer addition
Sometimes my expedition wont start like after a rain or high humidity
no water on floorboards either.
When this problem started I was sitting in my expedition and the dash light's started to flicker and the fan motor came on with no key in the ignition.
Tried to start it but wouldn't start. Had it towed to the mechanic shop said it was the pcm paid 600.00 plus tow bill. The flowing day picked it up ran great got to work wouldn't start next morning. Had it towed back to the mechanic same issue he now said it's now the crank shaft sensor. Paid 300.00 plus tow bill. Picked up the following day ran great took it back to work next morning no start. Have changed the fuel pump filter and sock in tank still some mornings after a rain or heavy moisture no start till it dries out usually after the sun comes out will start just fine. Now the mechanic is saying it might be the gem module please if you have experience these same problems tell me what you did to fix it. I am beginning to think my mechanic is just making money changing part's guessing what the problem is.

gacowboy30
08-26-2013, 02:49 PM
This probably isn't the issue for all of you, but if you are having other strange electrical gremlins on top of the not starting it is usually caused by a leaking windshield. Expeditions are well known for this issue. Water gets passed the seal, runs down inside the A-pillar and right onto the GEM and fuse box on the driver's side. I had the same issue with mine. I bought some high grade silicone, pulled back the windshield rubber and sealed it up better. As for the others, I'm not sure about the location of the safety switch on these vehicles, but I am having the same no start in park issue with a 99 F250 SuperDuty. I have to start it in neutral all the time. I have noticed that the shifter where it attaches at the column has wallowed out from heavy use. Not sure if there is anything inside the column there, or maybe at the transmission where the cable attaches keeping it from starting randomly. They put so many electrical things on vehicles these days they can be hard to find. If you can rule out the GEM, wet fuse box, or safety switches, I would say its a bad starter relay under the hood.

Not knocking the forums here by any means, but you might also search/post over at http://www.expeditionforum.com/
The site is expedition exclusive with lots of info on all generations of expy's.

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