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My 2002 Ford Explorer refuses to start on the first crank. Yet it starts readily the second or third attempt. Help, please.

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Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Fred! If it cranks but does not start, and seems to do it only after the car has been sitting for awhile, it could be a fuel pump or a pressure regulator (on some models this is integrated into the fuel pump). You might try cycling the key - without starting it once or twice before actually trying to start it. If that eliminates the problem, than it is definitely fuel pressure related. It could also be a weak battery or if it does not crank at all than it may be in the ignition switch. You will likely need to have it checked out by a certified technician. Good Luck! Bogi Lateiner http://www.180auto.com/

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