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Where is - and how do you change the starter on a Ford Windstar?


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2015-07-17 17:37:13
2015-07-17 17:37:13
1998 Windstar Starter ReplacementThe starter is located on the bottom at the front of the engine. Quite small compared to older cars. You will find some of the attaching hardware to be SAE sizes and some are Metric.

First you will need to raise the car and put safety stands under it to prevent any possibility of falling. Also you must chock the rear wheels to keep the car from rolling and coming off the jack stands while up in the air. The car will want to roll when you are reefing on the bolts.

  1. Disconnect the battery cables at the battery.
  2. Disconnect the two wires to the starter.
  3. The larger wire runs through a standoff above the starter. It makes the job easier if you will remove the bolt holding the standoff to the engine block. This allows you to move the large wire out of your way.
  4. Remove the two bolts holding the starter onto the flywheel housing. One bolt is easy to get at as it is visible on the front but the second one is hidden up behind the starter.

    NOTE: Starter bolts are 13mm. Brakeline bracket bolt is 15mm.

  5. Do the opposite to install.

While you have the starter off you have exposed the gear teeth on the edge of the flywheel. You should inspect the teeth as your problem could be these teeth and not the starter. Use a crayon or chalk to put a mark on the flywheel so you will know when you have turned it completely around. You can use a large screwdriver or some other tool to pry on these teeth and rotate the flywheel around, one complete revolution

The starter is located on the lower front of the engine and is visible thru the air duct.

Lower front of the engine, accessed from below.

Follow a rather large gauge wire leading down to the starter.

Disconnect the negative wire from the battery before removing the starter.

Disconnect connected wires, remove 2 mounting bolts.

Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery, then remove the wire to the selenoid .

Remove the two bolts holding the starter,and with some manuvering the starter will come out of the vehicle. Reverse the process to install.

everyone should have a manual for their vehicle, and the library should have a professional shop manual available in the REFERENCE section...make copies of the right sections...good luck :)

The starter is located on the front of the engine near the bottom in the middle next to the transmission.

Bolts that hold the starter on: 3 - 15mm bolts and on some you also need to remove the 2- 8 mm bolts on the rear support on back of the starter

the starter is located in the front of the motor in the middle its in eye veiw in front of radiatorGeneral instructions for replacing a starter (2 mounting bolts):

# Disconnect the negative battery cable# Raise and support the vehicle safely# Disconnect the starter electrical harness# Remove the upper starter bolt# Support the starter and remove the lower bolt# Remove the starter from the vehicle

everyone should have a manual for their vehicle, and the library should have a professional shop manual available in the REFERENCE section...make copies of the right sections...good luck :)


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