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Re: changing a starter
I would call auto zone or napa and find out what size socket you need and put the socket on an extension and to reinstall the top bolt you may have to use electrical tape to tape the bolt into the socket I had the same problem with an expedition
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you need a socket set probley a 1/2 " combination wrench 5/16s combination wrench for the wires a 9/16s combo wrench for the battery to starter wire. and a flex adapter between exstention and the 1\2 short socket to remove the 2 starter bolts. ratchet of course.
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The key to removing the top bolt is the correct tool - a flexible socket extension.
Open the hood on the Marquis and disconnect the negative battery cable from its post with a socket wrench. Wrap the entire metal terminal end of the cable with electrical tape. As you lay the cable down within the engine area, be sure it's not in direct contact with any other metal or the engine itself.
Remove the small plastic cover on the starter's power wires to access the retaining nuts underneath it. The cover should come off by hand. If you have any trouble removing it, use a flat-head screwdriver to assist you.
Label each of the starter's wires clearly with white painter's tape before removing them. Use a socket wrench to loosen both of the nuts holding the power wires in place, then remove the nuts and wires by hand. On the 4.6-liter engine, the starter has a third wire that's a push-on connection. Remove the wire by gently pulling it off its connection.
Remove the top retaining bolt on the starter. It will require the use of a flexible socket extension bar because of the cramped space. Support the starter with one hand and remove the bottom retaining bolt. If you have a different engine other than the 4.9 liter, the starter may have a third retaining bolt. After removing the starter's retaining bolts, slowly lower the starter from its position on the engine. Install the starter by simply reversing this procedure exactly.
Since the starter involved the electrical system, disconnect the negative battery terminal to avoid any electrical shorts or other issues.The starter is located on the driver's side just below the intake manifold and near the firewall. Remove the transmission dip stick, which partially obstructs the starter.Loosen the top bolt on the starter with a 14-mm wrench and loosen the bottom bolt with a 17-mm wrench a couple of turns but do not remove the bolts.After both of the bolts are loose, remove the top bolt and then the bottom bolt and pull the starter out of the transmission bell housing. You will have to angle the starter a little to remove it.Remove the wire that goes to the ignition switch. The wire should simply slide off. Use the 9-mm wrench to disconnect the nut that holds on the solenoid wire.
Place wires on the new or remanufactured starter and place it back in the bell housing
Replace the top and bottom bolts.Put transmission dipstick back in the gearbox and reconnect the battery.
Tools needed: 10mm socket 14mm socket player's ratcheting wrench long and short extension breaker bar or Big wrench so you can put on ratchet to give you more leverage.
Starter is on the passenger side of truck attached to the transmission.
Start by disconnecting the battery. Something that will greatly help from the top is disconnect the wire from the starter going to the positive battery wire. You will thank god for this later. (it was a pain in the ****) Remove nut from positive side of solenoid Remove 10 mm bolt holding stainless steel lines Remove 14 mm upper and lower bolts (I used ratcheting wrench with extension and 1" wrench to give me leverage) There is one more 14 mm short bolt that is above tranny pan that you will need a long extension to get to.
Once you remove all bolts starter should almost fall out of place minus wire that you disconnected earlier. The one I had, had gotten caught up with other wires and I finally got aggravated and just broke the wire off to get the starter out. This is not a big deal as the new or re-manufactured starter will have this wire.
Installation: Make sure to line up the plate right and thread in the top bolt hand tightened. Do the same as with lower bolt. line up bracket and thread in the short bolt tight so you don't have to mess with it again. tighten stainless steel line back together. Have someone push the wire up you in the upper part of the engine area and plug wire back in. tighten all bolts and make sure to attach positive batter cable wire to starter. Reinstall battery and give the key a turn.
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no special tools needed use a 1/2 inch or a 9/16 wrench for bolts but rule # 1 before you work on any electrical parts on your truck is to disconnect the negative terminal on the battery then take the starter off you 2 blots holding the starter to the engine take them off they maybe a little tight you my have use a little muscle once you take them out pull out the starter then you have to unscrew the cables use the same procedure to install I hope this information is of use GOOD LUCK
its not to hard to change disconnect battery .remove nut on front of starter to support bracket . remove 2 bolts going through starter into block. lower starter . disconnect wires on solonoid . remeber where they go. tools you will need 10mm 13mm 15mm sockets