2003 Explorer - Crank but no Start - Details Inside!

Asked by Aug 08, 2017 at 07:52 AM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLS Sport V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So here is the story:
2003 Ford Explorer, purchased 4 years ago. Rebuilt engine by a reputable dealer.

Bought in Wisconsin, ran fine, no issues.

Moved to Mississippi.  Still ran fine for 2 years.  

This summer, started having an issue where on a cold start it wouldn't start fully. It would crank and chug, but wouldn't fully start unless we hit the gas slightly while chugging.  Took it to our auto guy who ran all the reports, said nothing he could find, and couldn't duplicate since it only happened on a completely cold start.

Fast forward to today:
Car won't even get to that "chug" portion.  

I turn the key, starter goes, no extra lights, but it never even attempts to turn over.

Things I have tried:
Listen for the fuel pump? Fuel pump turns on
Hit gas slightly? Flooded - extreme gas smell afterwards
Checked battery? Battery is good
Checked wiring? Appeared to be okay but (duh) not an expert

Things I haven't tried:
Rolling start (is this even possible???)
Turning the steering wheel (does this make a difference for starting?)
Starter Fluid (No access until I get car started...)


I'm stuck here. I have 2 kids, am a single dad, school starts tommorrow, they are freaking out, and the only answer I see is having it towed to the local shop and sitting there all day... Something I don't want to do if I can avoid due to the cost.

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