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I am about to take of the starter motor on my ford f150 1989 is there anything i need to know? and could u give me some steps on how to do it? and would it be the solinoid starter cause when i turn the ignition it makes a groaning noise but doesnt kick over. thankyou

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I always start with the solenoid and battery cables on these old fords first as that is more likely than the motor. I'm not sure what you mean by groaning noise. A grinding or whirring from the starter itself could mean the bendix has gone bad and the starter motor itself should be replaced before it eats the teeth off the flywheel. Basically if it sounds like the starter motor is spinning but not kicking over the motor the spring that kicks out the starter gear is bad, replace the motor with a rebuilt one. If it sounds like the starter motor is spinning slow or doesn't have enough power to start the truck, battery cables or connections are bad. If the starter motor doesn't do anything, the solenoid is bad. The starter motor should have 2 bolts holding it in on your truck. Remove the cable and any other wires to it first so they don't get damaged. If it won't come loose you may have a 3rd bolt over the top of the motor, a long extension with a wobble end helps for this one. It will be the same size as the other 2. Use a light grit sandpaper like 180 and make sure all connections are shiny before putting new starter in. Even a small amount of corrosion is enough to stop the starter.

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They are easy to replace there isn't any thing to worry about. your starter is bad do the bindex so that means you have to replace the starter and that will cure your problem. also while you have the starter out take a flat head screw driver and turn your fly wheel to look at your teeth on it to make sure that they aren't wore down or broken off.

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You can first try tapping the starter with a hammer...this sometimes releases the starter sure to disconnect your battery before you start to remove the starter...Your replacement starter should include the solenoid too. Hope this helps.

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