How to Remove a Starter on Ford Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Removing the starter from your Ford car allows you to test the starter, rebuild it or replace it. If the starter is defective, you can get a replacement starter motor from most auto parts stores. If you suspect the starter is defective, you can have it bench-tested, after removal, at most auto parts stores. Removing the starter requires you to work from under the car to access it so be sure to use a set of jack stands rated Ford car the weight of your Ford car.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove a Starter on a 1994 Ford F-150

Open the hood of your F-150 and locate the negative battery cable at the battery. Loosen the clamp bolt on the cable end with a wrench then remove the cable from the battery.

Raise the front of the truck with a jack and position a set of jack stands under the front suspension to support the truck. Locate the starter on the passenger's side of the engine from below the truck. It mounts where the engine and transmission meet.

Locate the wiring connections on the rear of the starter and remove them, using a wrench to remove the retaining nuts. Lay the wires aside.

Locate the two mounting bolts at the front of the starter. Remove them with a socket and ratchet, and lower the starter away from the engine. Slide the starter out from under the truck.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

 How to Remove a Starter From a 1996 Ford Marquis


Open the hood on the Marquis and disconnect the negative battery cable from its post with a socket wrench. Wrap the entire metal terminal end of the cable with electrical tape. As you lay the cable down within the engine area, be sure it's not in direct contact with any other metal or the engine itself.

Raise the car at its jacking point on the front passenger side with a car jack. Slide a jack stand into position just right of the car jack. Raise the support arm on the jack stand to the height of the car jack. Return the locking pin to the support arm on the jack stand to secure its height. Slightly rock the car back and forth to assure that it's sturdy before sliding underneath it.

Remove the small plastic cover on the starter's power wires to access the retaining nuts underneath it. The cover should come off by hand. If you have any trouble removing it, use a flat-head screwdriver to assist you.

Label each of the starter's wires clearly with white painter's tape before removing them. Use a socket wrench to loosen both of the nuts holding the power wires in place, then remove the nuts and wires by hand. On the 4.6-liter engine, the starter has a third wire that's a push-on connection. Remove the wire by gently pulling it off its connection.

Remove the top retaining bolt on the starter. It will require the use of a flexible socket extension bar because of the cramped space. Support the starter with one hand and remove the bottom retaining bolt. If you have a different engine other than the 4.9 liter, the starter may have a third retaining bolt. After removing the starter's retaining bolts, slowly lower the starter from its position on the engine. Install the starter by simply reversing this procedure exactly.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

  • Black electrical tape

  • Car jack

  • Jack stand

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • White painter's tape

  • Flexible socket extension bar

 How to Remove the Starter From a 2005 Ford F150

Park the truck on a flat piece of ground and allow the engine time to cool down.

Disconnect the battery by removing the black (negative) terminal first, followed by the red (positive) terminal. Secure the cables so that they do not touch the terminals while you work on the truck.

Lift the front of the truck with a jack, then place a jack stand underneath each side of the frame. Slowly lower the truck onto the jack stands.

Remove the cover from the starter solenoid.

Disconnect the electrical connections by removing the nuts and taking the wires off of the bolts.

Remove the bolts holding the starter in place and remove the starter.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

 How to Remove the Starter From a Ford 8N

Open the tractor hood and determine how the electrical circuit is grounded. The 8N originally came with a positive ground from the factory. Previous owners may have upgraded the electrical system to a negative ground. Locate the battery and determine which battery cable extends directly to the frame of the tractor. Disconnect that grounded cable from the battery terminal with the correct wrench and lay aside.

Locate the starter on the engine block. It is located near the rear of the motor where it is bolted to the bell housing. Determine if the starter is actuated by a hand lever located under the lower right side of the dash cowl or via an electrical solenoid usually found on top of the starter. If lever-actuated, disconnect the articulated linkage located above the starter housing by removing the cotter key and retaining pin with a punch. If there is an electrical solenoid, disconnect the main power cable from the solenoid to the starter with a wrench, unscrew the solenoid mounting screws holding it to the starter casing and lay it aside.

Remove the two bolts holding the starter to the engine block using the correct socket and extension. Pull back on the starter, and lift it out the rest of the way. Once removed, put a matching nut onto the two bolts and snug them down. These bolts also hold the starter assembly itself together. By securing the bolts, it will prevent the armature from falling out or separating from the starter housing.

Items you will need

  • Wrenches

  • Socket set

 How to Remove a Starter From a 1994 Ford Thunderbird

Open the hood of your Thunderbird and locate the negative battery cable. Remove the battery cable end from the battery using a wrench to remove the retaining bolt. Isolate the cable from the battery to ensure no current comes through the wires on the starter.

Raise the front of the car with a jack and support it on a set of jack stands. Position the stands under the frame so that they can securely support the weight of the car.

Locate the starter under the passenger side of the engine. It is a cylindrical-shaped motor with a smaller cylinder on top. There are two wires at the rear of the starter, and it bolts to the bell housing at the back edge of the engine.

Disconnect the push-in connector from the back of the starter solenoid by depressing the locking tab then pull the connector straight out of the starter solenoid. Remove the retaining nut on the rear of the starter solenoid with a wrench then remove the large wire from the terminal. Push both wires aside for now.

Locate the two mounting bolts that secure the starter motor to the bell housing. Loosen both bolts with a socket and ratchet then remove the lower bolt completely. Support the starter motor with one hand and remove the upper bolt. Slide the starter back, allowing the nose of the starter to clear the hole in the bell housing.

Lower the starter straight down and remove it from the engine compartment. Carefully remove the starter from under the car.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

 How to Remove the Starter on a 2004 Ford Escape

Park your Ford in a flat area where you can access the front end of the vehicle. Be sure to lock the parking brake to prevent the possibility of rolling or sliding.

Open the Ford's hood and disconnect the negative terminal from the battery using a crescent wrench.

Climb under the front of the vehicle and locate the starter. This part is covered with an aluminum sleeve and is located between the transmission housing and the base of the radiator carriage.

Remove the electrical connection on the starter using a 12 mm socket wrench. Be sure to keep track of the connection's washer, as you will need to use it with any replacement starter.

Remove the two mounting bolts on the sides of the starter using a 12 mm socket.

Gently slide the starter out of its housing.

Items you will need

  • Crescent wrench

  • 12 mm socket wrench

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