I’m having a persistent issue with my 2000 Ford Explorer starting, and it seemed to start with the starter engine itself. For a long time, the issue manifested as a sputtering upon starting, then running normally. Then, on what I thought was a related issue, the starter failed, and I replaced it, after which the vehicle started and ran perfectly well for a decent length of time.
Recently, it’s started to malfunction at start: it takes a long time with the starter for the engine to engage, and the starter is very hot to the touch long after the vehicle has stopped. I thought it had something to do with me installing it improperly at first, but I’ve serviced it a few more times since and can’t get the issue to go away.
I’m at a bit of a loss now, because I took it to the shop a while back and they could find nothing wrong with the starter or how it was wired (I did that wiring myself), and couldn’t even get the problem to repeat itself while it was there. Aside from the starter, two things that could be related to the problem are the fact that the car’s a bit overdue for an oil change, and it seems like it could be leaking a bit of oil. Anyway here’s what I want to know:
- Is it normal for a starter to remain hot after the car has stopped?
- Can low oil or failing oil seals cause difficulty at startup?
- Are there any other malfunctions that I’m not seeing that can cause occasional rough startups?
Any input would be extremely helpful. Thanks!