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How to Remove the Starter on a 2004 Ford Escape

by Tyson Simmons

Starters use an electrical charge from a vehicle's battery to engage the engine to get it running. Starters, depending on the manufacturer and possibility of defects, can last anywhere from 20,000 to 150,000 miles. After time, however, they will go out and must be removed so they can be replaced. Removing the starter in your 2004 Ford Escape requires only a few basic tools and 10 to 15 minutes of time.

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.


  • It may be helpful to have another person assist you by holding the starter as you loosen and remove the mounting bolts


  • Always use caution and stay aware of pinch points when working around automotive parts.

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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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