Cannot access two upper bolts to 1995lincoln towncar.
My solution was different, i solved the problem myself, all by myself. I decided that since no answer worth looking at was forthcoming, I would do what I always do, find the solution. I decided that I would determine exactly where the bolts were, so I went and looked at a starter at a parts store. Then, seeing that the top bolt was 180 degrees from the other, I knew exactly where to feel in order to discover the location while under the car. I then decided that I needed to find tools that would allow me to just exceed the length of the starter, as there is a frame brace and a motor mount as well immediately in front of the flat end of the starter. I explored the top of the starter with my left hand and was able to feel the head of the bolt, (a 10mm bolt, by the way! as are the other two) I selected a 10mm deep well socket on a 3/8ths drive, and short extensions that, coupled to a small ratchet that dropped just below the bottom of the starter, allowed the socket to
extend far enough to engage the top bolt heads and short enough to allow movement without conflicting with the frame brace.
I kept my left hand in place and operated the ratchet with my right hand until I was able to remove the two top bolts.
Re installing the starter was a new problem, however. There is a retaining bracket bolted to the side of the block that holds the two transmission oil lines in place that is located between the block and the starter. That bracket impedes the placement of the starter when installation is attempted. The rear of the starter will not fit in the space allowed without the removal of that bolt and subsequent sliding of the bracket out of the way to allow room for the starter to slide forward far enough for the nose of the starter to fit back into the flywheel connection hole.Once the starter is installed, there is no problem putting that bolt and bracket back in place.
There is a difficulty that will be encountered when one attempts to place the top bolt back in the hole, however. Without some method of holding the bolt in the socket, the bolt will continuously fall out of the socket before it can be placed in the hole. There is not enough room to hold the bolt and place it in the hole with one's fingers. I solved that probem by covering the head of the bolt with a thick rubbery adhesive that was removed from the edge of a windshield and inserting it into the socket. That allowed the bolt and socket to act as a single unit, allowing me to put the bolt in the hole by keeping my left hand's little finger near the hold to guide the bolt into the hole I do not think I could have placed that bolt in the hole without the use of the adhesive.
I hope that these few guidelines will help someone else with the same problem.
Apr 27, 2009 |
1995 Lincoln Town Car