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A starter is located in the area where the engine and transmission are bolted together. This area is known as the transmission bellhousing area. Starters are mounted in different locations around the bellhousing. Some may be mounted near the top, so that they are accessed from under the hood, as in the case of a Ford Contour V6, but most are mounted toward the bottom, so that they are accessed from under the car. The starter is usually a cylindrical metal object possibly 6 inches (15 cm) long or so, and will be usually about 3 or 4 inches (7 to 10 cms) in diameter. It may or may not have another cylindrical object attached to it called a solenoid or relay, which will be smaller in length and diameter. There will be at least one heavy battery cable attached to the starter. There may or may not also be another small wire attached, usually to the solenoid, and there also may or may not be be a large diameter ground wire attached to one of the starter mounting bolts. The starter will also have 2 or 3 mounting bolts. Caution! If you are planning to try to replace the starter yourself, disconnect the vehicle's battery! The battery cable I mentioned earlier usually has power all the while that the battery is connected, and everything else around is a ground. So when you take the battery cable off of the starter, if you accidentally touch the loose battery cable to anything in the neighborhood, you will end up doing some unintentional welding. So disconnect the battery before starting the job.

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