This happened to me a 1 or 2 years ago with my 1994 Explorer also. By
accident I discovered that it was the type of gas I was using. I
normally purchase gas that I believe has 10% ethanol in it.
Recently I drove to Florida and decided to put a stay away from
gasoline that had ethanol. The one time that I accidentaly put this
type of gas in my Explorer, it did not start and I thought I would be
stuck in a remote town of Tennessee. Eventually it started, and from
then on I put non-ethanol gas in my Explorer and it drove flawlessly
the rest of the trip. Incidentally, the Explorer has 197,000 miles on
A couple days ago, out of curiosity, I put in the gas that had ethonal
in the Explorer again. As expected I ended up getting stuck in a car
lot for about half an hour before it would start finally. I am now
certain that the type of gas makes a huge difference on whether or not
these older Explorers will start.
The gasoline that worked for me was Amoco, however you should be able
to find a brand that will work just fine for you. Give it a shot, it