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I have had some help diagnosing the problem as the starter gears getting damaged. I bought a starter, and need to know where to look to replace it 2000 Ford Expedition, 5.4 liter engine, 4x4. Thanks, any diagrams I can see? Mark

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  • mark224 Jan 24, 2009

    Thanks, I ended up getting a shop to install the starter I bought. I did end up saving some money on the starter, and on the installation. Thanks. Mark



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Detach the negative side of battery but if you can get your hands on some truck ramps it will get it up high enough with the 17inch or larger tires you have on the truck and make sure to secure the back tires so it does not roll the starter is on the passanger side and if this starter has been on here for awhile be sure to get a good 13mm 6 point socket and I can't remember the other sizes but use 6 point to break the bolts loose also get a can of PB blast works good on rust spray it on before you start the job and also get a small tube of anti-seize put on nuts and bolts so they don't be rusty in the future

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