Need answers on how to fix it

Asked by Mar 11, 2017 at 08:08 AM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLS V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Husband attempted to install after market CD
player in 2003 ford explorer and wrongly did
something with the wires.  My truck started
spputteri then immediately died. We purchased
brand new battery,  it fired right up and last night
while driving my dash lights got super dim and all
my gauges dropped to zero and then it suddenly
died and wouldn't turn over?help please

3 Answers

261,765

Well you answered your own question, the wiring was not done correctly. No way for us to know how it was wired up without being there. You will need to have a local garage or car electronics shop to inspect the install and wiring it correctly. I suspect there is a constant draw on the electronics draining the battery.

23,705

look in the dash and see if there are any burned wires- try to put the wiring back the way it was- you don't need to pay attention to all the speaker wires, just the power wire- the big red one that you crossed up somehow-

20,820

Something may be crossed up in the installation. First, charge the battery completely with a charger. Then start the vehicle and check the voltage being supplied by the alternator, it should be over 14 volts. If less, disconnect the power to the radio and check again. If over 14 volts there is a problem in the radio connections.

Your Answer

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 1,655 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $3,985.

Postal Code:

Ford Explorer Experts

  • #1
    OJ
    Reputation
    11,220
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,430
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    2,590
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
121 Great Deals out of 3,524 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Expedition
16 Great Deals out of 377 listings starting at $3,871
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
9 Great Deals out of 800 listings starting at $3,995
Used Ford F-150
649 Great Deals out of 12,626 listings starting at $3,000
Used Dodge Durango
175 Great Deals out of 1,137 listings starting at $3,995
Used Toyota Highlander
25 Great Deals out of 780 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Escape
187 Great Deals out of 5,922 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota 4Runner
4 Great Deals out of 586 listings starting at $3,990
Used Honda Pilot
21 Great Deals out of 644 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Pathfinder
17 Great Deals out of 1,002 listings starting at $1,900
Used GMC Yukon
9 Great Deals out of 951 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac
5 Great Deals out of 66 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Explorer For Sale
24 listings starting at $44,799
2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 842 listings starting at $31,990
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 147 listings starting at $23,500
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 151 listings starting at $21,988
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 148 listings starting at $13,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.