HI, please refer to the guide below for thorough instruction on replacing your starter.
Remove the Malfunctioning Starter
Park your Ford Explorer
on a level surface, activate the emergency brake and place blocks
behind the back tires for safety. Disconnect the negative battery cable
with a terminal puller. Raise the front end of the car with a jack for
easier access to the starter.
Grasp the plastic shell of the hard-shell connector at the S-terminal
and pull straight off, without pulling the wire. If damage occurs,
replace those items as well.
Detach all wires connected to the starter, including the ground wire on
the starter motor bolt stud, starter cable and the solenoid push-on
connector. Some Ford Explorer starter motors have a self-threading bolt
holding the starter cable in place.
Remove the starter mounting bolts, starting with the upper bolt, and
place them in the jar for safe keeping until later. Then remove the
malfunctioning starter from the engine.
Take your malfunctioning starter to the parts store with you.
Aftermarket distributors remanufacture most of the starters they sell,
so you can likely obtain a partial credit toward your new starter by
exchanging your old one. Be sure that you take care not to damage the
starter in transit, because the better condition it is in, the more you
can get for it.
Purchase a replacement starter that has the same or higher cranking
capacity (power rating) as the original starter in your Ford Explorer.
Also, match the bolt patterns, drive gears and electrical connections.
Your owner's manual may list specifications or the auto parts
technician will help you determine them. Download a free owner's manual at Ford Fleet.
Install the New Starter
Position the new starter in the correct location and install with the
mounting bolts. Torque the mounting bolts between 15 to19 foot pounds
(21 to 27 Nm).
Push the solenoid connector straight on to the starter and listen for a click to be certain of proper installation.
Attach starter cable nut to the B-terminal of the solenoid. Tighten the
nut between 80 to 123 inch pounds (9 to 14 Nm). Reconnect the
additional starter wiring and replace the red safety cap.
Lower the vehicle to the ground and reconnect the negative battery
cable. Disconnecting the battery cable may cause the Powertrain Control
Module (PCM) to lose information. After testing to make sure the
vehicle starts, drive at least ten miles for the PCM to relearn its
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