How to Remove the Starter From a 2005 Ford F150

by Carson Barrett
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The starter motor in your Ford F150 is a small but powerful electric motor that is used to start the gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine in your truck. It works by drawing electricity from your battery to a solenoid switch on the starter, which then cranks the engine. Starter motors wear out after you've driven the truck between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, and need to be replaced. Removing the old starter is a maintenance task that you can complete with the right tools and knowledge.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Remove the cover from the starter solenoid.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

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