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Remove and install new starter

I can't get the top bolt out because i can't fit my hands in there

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You need a 1/8 in. ratchet and extension with a 10 mm swivel socket or a 10 mm short wrench. Get the wrench on the bolt with the car jacked up, take a pry bar to the inside of the wrench, pry against the frame and it will break it loose. Once loose, you can get it out with a snap-on 10 mm short wrench.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009


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yes remove it , unless it is a 3 bolt starter then you might be ok.
but i wouldn't advise it.

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Remove a starter

  • Remove the negative and positive lead on the battery.
  • Locate the starter under the vehicle. The starter will be located to the right of the motor on the bottom. Access the bolts comfortably from underneath the truck.
  • Remove the bottom bolt with a socket wrench. The ground cable will be attached. Save the bolt for reinstalling the starter.
  • Unbolt the positive cable on top of the starter. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolt.
  • Unbolt the top of the starter with a socket wrench. The starter will be loose.
  • Pull the starter straight out. Use both hands to pull out and forward as the starter is heavy. Pull forward and lower to the ground.
Installing the Starter
  • Position the new starter in place. Match up the starter to the designated bolt holes on the mounts.
  • Start the top bolt. Turn the bolt clockwise but do not tighten the starter down.
  • Start the bottom bolt. Ensure the negative cable is run through the bolt before starting. Do not tighten the bolt.
  • Tighten the top bolt with the socket wrench. Tighten it snug. Repeat the same for the bottom bolt. Ensure both bolts are tight.
  • Tighten the positive cable to the starter. Ensure the cable is snug to the fitting.
  • Connect the terminals to the battery. Ensure the vehicle cranks. The starter will engage without hesitation if done correctly.

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Dec 05, 2015 | 2006 Ford Ranger 4.0

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Hello Larry...Here are the steps to take. Detach the ground (black) battery cable. Lift the front of your vehicle with a floor jack, support it with jack stands and chock the rear wheels.
Unfasten the retaining nuts holding the heavy (battery) cable and the thin wire to the back of the starter solenoid (the small cylinder mounted on top of the starter motor) with a wrench. Move the heavy and thin wires out of the way.
Loosen the two mounting bolts holding the starter motor to the engine block with a ratchet, large ratchet extension and socket. Hold the motor assembly with one hand and finish removing the two starter mounting bolts. Make a note of the position of each mounting bolt, since they are of different sizes, and of any shims located between the starter motor, mounting bolts and engine block.
Remove the starter motor from the vehicle

To Install:
Position the new starter motor in place with one hand and install the two mounting bolts finger tight with your free hand, along with any shims installed with the original starter. Failing to replace the shims may cause the starter to grind against the flywheel or engage and fail to start the engine

Tighten the two mounting bolts with the ratchet, extension & socket.
Install the heavy cable and wire in their respective mounting studs at the back of the starter solenoid and install the retaining nuts finger tight. Tighten the nuts with the wrench; (careful not to overtighten)
Lower your vehicle off the jack stands...Attach the ground (black) battery cable.

There you have it, included is a picture of the starter, good luck, i hope this helps.

Jul 29, 2011 | 1997 Chevrolet Lumina

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Can not remove the top screw from top of starter

Thank you for the inquiry.
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.

Jun 04, 2011 | 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis

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How to remove a starter from a 2003 expidition

Thank you for using Fixya.
Heres's the procedure on how to remove and install starter for your 03 Expedition. First remove the battery cables from the battery. Remove the electrical connections to the starter and label for replacement. There are 3 bolts - 13mm. The bottom bolt is also the ground terminal, therefore you will need a deep socket for that bolt. The other two are accessable ideally with about a 7" extension to your socket wrench. The top bolt is on the top of the starter and you could fit your hand up there to feel it and place the socket. The 3rd bolt is between the bottom and top bolts. Remove the 3 bolts and the starter falls right out.

All the best!

Nov 16, 2010 | 2003 Ford Expedition

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How do you remove the top bolt on the starter, 3.0l auto 1995 bmw 525i? i can't get to it. thanks

This how it is done step by step.
Remove the mounting bolts from the coolant expansion tank and lift the expansion tank out of the engine compartment. Tip: Do not disconnect the hoses from the coolant expansion tank. Label and disconnect the electrical connectors from the starter motor. Remove the mounting nuts from the starter motor and lift the starter motor off the bellhousing. Using a flashlight, inspect the flywheel teeth (through the opening in the bell housing) while an assistant turns the engine over by hand. You should replace the flywheel if any teeth are missing, cracked, or chipped. Tip: To turn the engine over by hand, turn the harmonic balancer bolt clockwise with the correct socket and 1/2 inch ratchet. Install the new starter motor on the bellhousing and tighten the mounting nuts. Connect the electrical connectors to the starter motor. Re-install the expansion tank and tighten the mounting bolts. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Oct 03, 2010 | BMW 525 Cars & Trucks

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2002 mitsubishi galant,how to replace the starter

It's fairly easy, albeit a tight fit. Before you start, be sure to disconnect the battery. The starter is located between the firewall and the engine, underneath fuel injection assembly. Stick your hand in there and you should be able to feel how the starter is positioned. There are 2 or 3 bolts holding the starter and they're easy to remove. You need to disconnect the wire on the starter coil (the coil is located on top of the starter itself).
Now the fun part: removing the the starter itself. The way I did it is by wriggling it out the open space on the left side of the engine, hence the tight fit. Move any cables or wires that may get in the way for more room. (Important advice: Remember, patience is a virtue!)And there ya go! To install/re-install the starter just do the reverse. It's a lot easier to put it back in than removing it. Good luck!

Sep 28, 2009 | 2001 Mitsubishi Galant

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Cannot access two upper bolts to 1995lincoln towncar.

My solution was different, i solved the problem myself, all by myself. I decided that since no answer worth looking at was forthcoming, I would do what I always do, find the solution. I decided that I would determine exactly where the bolts were, so I went and looked at a starter at a parts store. Then, seeing that the top bolt was 180 degrees from the other, I knew exactly where to feel in order to discover the location while under the car. I then decided that I needed to find tools that would allow me to just exceed the length of the starter, as there is a frame brace and a motor mount as well immediately in front of the flat end of the starter. I explored the top of the starter with my left hand and was able to feel the head of the bolt, (a 10mm bolt, by the way! as are the other two) I selected a 10mm deep well socket on a 3/8ths drive, and short extensions that, coupled to a small ratchet that dropped just below the bottom of the starter, allowed the socket to
extend far enough to engage the top bolt heads and short enough to allow movement without conflicting with the frame brace.

I kept my left hand in place and operated the ratchet with my right hand until I was able to remove the two top bolts.

Re installing the starter was a new problem, however. There is a retaining bracket bolted to the side of the block that holds the two transmission oil lines in place that is located between the block and the starter. That bracket impedes the placement of the starter when installation is attempted. The rear of the starter will not fit in the space allowed without the removal of that bolt and subsequent sliding of the bracket out of the way to allow room for the starter to slide forward far enough for the nose of the starter to fit back into the flywheel connection hole.Once the starter is installed, there is no problem putting that bolt and bracket back in place.

There is a difficulty that will be encountered when one attempts to place the top bolt back in the hole, however. Without some method of holding the bolt in the socket, the bolt will continuously fall out of the socket before it can be placed in the hole. There is not enough room to hold the bolt and place it in the hole with one's fingers. I solved that probem by covering the head of the bolt with a thick rubbery adhesive that was removed from the edge of a windshield and inserting it into the socket. That allowed the bolt and socket to act as a single unit, allowing me to put the bolt in the hole by keeping my left hand's little finger near the hold to guide the bolt into the hole I do not think I could have placed that bolt in the hole without the use of the adhesive.
I hope that these few guidelines will help someone else with the same problem.

Apr 27, 2009 | 1995 Lincoln Town Car

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Where is the starter located on a 1989 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

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The starter motor is located on either the lower right hand (passenger) or left hand (driver) side of the engine, bolted to the transmission housing with two mounting bolts.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Removal and installation of the starter motor will require access from both the top and bottom of the engine compartment.
0900c1528005438d.jpgFig. 1: Common starter location and installation-the starter is a fairly heavy component, be careful when lifting it out of the vehicle
  1. Apply the parking brake and block the rear wheels.
  2. Raise the front of the vehicle with a floor jack, using the proper frame positions.
  3. Support the vehicle on the frame or transmission crossmember, with jackstands. Before working under the vehicle, make sure the vehicle is stable on the jackstands. If it is not, reposition the jackstands so that it is.
  4. Label and disconnect all wiring connectors at the starter.
  5. Slowly loosen the two starter mounting bolts until they are loose enough to take out by hand. Since the starter motor is uncommonly heavy for its size, it is important to support it well with one hand, while removing the two mounting bolts with the other hand. If the starter is not adequately supported, it could fall causing injury. Remove the starter from the vehicle.
To install:
  1. Clean the surfaces of the starter motor flange and the flywheel housing where the starter attaches.
  1. Reinstall the starter and install the retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 16-23 ft. lbs. (22-31 Nm).
  2. Connect the wiring to the starter, making sure the terminals and connectors are clean and tight.
  3. Lower the truck to the ground
  4. Connect the negative battery cable

Jan 10, 2009 | 1989 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

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How to remove starter from 1995 ford crown victoria

yes they are very difficult to get to.
its just the top one and some mechanics leave them out after starter replacement.
it sounds bad but true.
i use either a stubby 10 mm wrench and a prybar to break it loose,
or a 3/8 ratchet and a wobble extenion and socket. it has to be the perfect length using different extensions to reach and still fit with the ratchet handle at the back of the starter.
sorry but it can be done.....
no stubby wrench, cut one

Dec 05, 2008 | 1999 Ford Crown Victoria

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