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How do you change a starter on a 2000 Mercury Cougar?

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2008-03-01 16:33:18
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2.0L Engine Fig. 1: Remove the three starter mounting bolts Fig. 2: Carefully lower the starter out of the vehicle # Disconnect the negative battery cable. # Remove air intake resonators. # Remove starter motor upper mounting bolts. # Raise and support the vehicle. # Remove the nuts on the starter terminals and remove the cables from the terminals. # Remove the two starter lower retaining bolts and remove the starter. To install: # Place the starter into position and tighten the 2 lower retaining bolts to 15-20 ft. lbs (20-27 Nm). # Place the starter cables onto the terminals and tighten the retaining nuts to 80-124 inch lbs. (5-7 Nm). # Lower the vehicle. # Install and tighten the upper retaining bolt to 15-20 ft. lbs (20-27 Nm). # Install the air intake resonators. # Connect the negative battery cable. 2.5L Engine Fig. 3: Starter mounting - 2.5L engine # Disconnect the negative battery cable. # Remove the engine air cleaner assembly. # Remove the fuel feed and return lines from the support bracket located on the accelerator cable bracket, and remove the fuel line bracket. # On vehicles equipped with a automatic transaxle, remove the gear selector and the gear shift cable bracket from the transaxle. # Remove the air cleaner support bracket from the engine and transaxle mount. # Remove the nuts on the starter terminals and remove the cables from the terminals. # Remove the starter motor-to-transaxle case retaining bolt at the rear of the starter. # Remove the two starter retaining bolts and carefully lift the starter from the transaxle case while disengaging the alignment pins. To install: # Position the starter onto the alignment pins and onto the transaxle case. # Install the two starter retaining bolts and the rear retaining bolt and tighten them to 15-21 ft. lbs. (21-29 Nm). # Place the starter cables onto the terminals and tighten the retaining nuts to 80-124 inch lbs. (5-7 Nm). # Install the air cleaner support bracket. # If removed, install the gear shift selector and bracket. # Install the fuel line bracket and install the fuel lines in the bracket. # Install the air cleaner assembly. # Connect the negative battery cable. Reference http://www.freeautomechanic.com

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