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Starter came loose, need to know the size of bolt to use?

I have a ford F150 (1990) the starter was replaces a month ago and it fell out looks like there was only 1 of the 3 bolts put back in to hold it in place. The one holding it on snaped adn I'm not sure what size it was to replace it. Can anyone help?

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  • Heather Armstrong Dec 24, 2008

    I have a part place that has a bunch but they are all different sizes?

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FROM: LustyKid:

You can ask the dealer what type of bolt it is. According the markings on the head of the bolt which indicates its hardness, you can purchase them also at any good automobile parts store which sells automotive bolts. They have books which tell them what bolt and size you need. Probably about a buck or two a piece.

Of the bat I would say they are most likey 5/8 grade 3 bolts, but you need to know the length perhaps about 3 inches long. But the auto shop parts place or the dealer can tell you exactly what it is, while you are there why not go ahead and buy them, but then they might be 5 bucks each at the dealer. Get the picture! As for the one you said snapped off, an EZ out should be able to remove it. Of course you would need to drill in the portion that is in the bell housing dead center, use a center punch to mark where you will start to drill very carfully drill according to the size of EZ out you will use. If you are lucky and the bolt left enough to grab it with a vise grip after the starter fell out you can remove it.

If the bolt is frozen in place. You can either heat it with a propane torch and very carefully heat the bolt a few minutes and see if it loosens up. Also check the other side of the bell housing to see if the bolt came out enough to grab it, in which case continue to tighten it, this will bring the bolt out, if you can reach it. Have a fire extingusher handy just in case you start a fire under the truck, ensure wire harneses are no where near the flame. If they are and can't be moved, wrapped them with a very wet towel while yo heat up the bolt making sure you don't flame the towel, if you are careful it can be done with no mishaps.

No heat, then try LIQUID WRENCH, and tap the bell housing to let the liquid work its way into the threads. Patience and lots of it will be required if you are a do it yourself. Otherwise how does $95/hour sound. That is what you are up against. And of course if you don't have a lift the more harder it will be to do. Provided you can raise the vehicle in jack stands high enought to work comfortably. You can accomplish the task in a reasonable amount of time. However if its outside and cold...........good gloves, warm chocolate or coffee, an old blanket to lay on. Check your weather reports is no fun working with cold hands and numb fingers.

Ensure your truck is safely jack stand. Don't want the truck falling on you while you are working. SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY. Or you can tow it to a muffler shop give the guy a few bucks let him pull the bolt out for you. Installing the starter, you can do yourself, unelss you want the guy to do it for you. Good Luck, let me know how you make out.

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