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Replacing a starter on a 98 626. Can see or feel the bolts. Do they come through from the other side?

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There are two bolts on the starter near the top end.

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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.

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Next remove the 13mm bolt that holds the bracket attached to the rear of the starter. It's the one bolted the to the engine block that is attached to the passenger side of the starter.
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I just removed and replaced the starter contacts on my 1995 4runner...twice. It doesn't look like it will fit, but it does. Do all the obvious stuff first, such as disconnecting the battery and removing the skid plate and passenger side access panel in the wheel well. Unbolt the bracket holding the positive wire and move this stuff out of the way as much as possible. Then, get under the vehicle and open up the cover and unbolt the main power supply (the big red wire).
The starter is held in with 2 bolts and both have their own issues. First, the upper bolt is pretty hard to find. If you feel all around the top of the starter you will feel 2 bolts; one is attached to a bracket and is facing the drivers side of the vehicle (don't remove this one) and the other if directly facing the front of the vehicle (this is the one you need to get out). Second, from under the vehicle the lower bolt is visible once you remove the skid plate. It is the large bolt at the bottom of the starter facing directly to the rear of the vehicle. It has room for about 1/10th of a complete turn on either side of the brake lines. If you have a long u-joint extension this is not a problem, but I did not and had to use a 14mm wrench and slowly back it out until it could be moved by hand. The starter will now be sitting free on some suspension parts (if I remember correctly). Twist the starter clockwise and remove the small black wire with a flathead screwdriver.
Now the starter is completely free from the vehicle. To remove it, push up the front of the starter (end that does not have gears/sprockets sticking out of it) and twist about a 1/4 of a turn so that it is aligned where it looks like it will fit through the frame. Gently, wiggle it around and it should pop out in several seconds.
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I can only see one of the starter bolts...

There shouldn't be any hardware to remove to get to the starter bolts. You should try removing the bolt you can see and see if the starter comes off. There is a small chance the other bolt is broken. It may be in a spot you can't see as well. You may have to try to feel around the starter in places you can't see and feel for a bolt.

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The starter is behind the engine and accessible from beneath the car. The mounting bolt under the car might be obscured by the starter wire, but you will be able to see it clearly enough after pulling the wire out of the way. It goes through the starter and threads into the engine (from the passenger's side of the car toward the driver's side).

The other bolt is barely accessible from the top of the car. It goes through a hole in the engine and threads into the starter (from the driver's side toward the passenger's side), so it is oriented opposite to the first bolt. You can't see it, but you can feel it by reaching your fingers in from the driver's side under the steel bracket that supports the wire harness in that area. I was able to place a 14mm socket head over the bolt by feel, then snap the handle in and remove it that way. You won't be able to get it with a wrench unless you undo a bunch of wires and hoses. Be careful; there are two bolts there, and the one for the starter is further to the rear of the car. It is identical to the other starter bolt, so you should be able to distinguish the bolt head by feel.

The starter can be wrestled down and out of the car from beneath, but it takes a few minutes of struggling and twisting. It might be easier if you remove some bracketing or hoses, but I managed without.

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