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Is it 4 cylinder? or 6? If it's 4, the starter is on the front bottom of motor, behind the radiator. A 6 cylinder is on the backside of the motor. Disconnect battery first...... There are only 2 bolts on the starter to take it off. There is a rubber cover over the selanoid wires. Move that back and undo the nut. Pull wires off. In the center is the bigger cable [ battery cable] . You then disconnect the nut for this, and take that wire off. Unbolt the 2 bolts on the starter and watch for shims. Sometimes starters are shimmed to make them line up with the fly wheel. Pull starter out. . If there were shims in the old starter, it is wise to use them in the new one too, and if it doesn't have shims, your new starter may still need them. Bolt the starter back in place, and reconnect the wires the same way you took them off. When you start it, if you hear the starter grinding or wailing, just not sounding right, that means you either have to take the shim out or put the shim in. Chances are this won't happen, but nice to be warned if it does.Hope this helps you out keep me informed how you make out or if you have any questions. Please rate my solution thanks

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