How to Change a Starter on a Ford Taurus

Written by allen moore
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How to Change a Starter on a Ford Taurus
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Changing a starter on a Ford Taurus is a physically demanding job. The starter itself is quite heavy--and must remain supported throughout the removal process--while you're working in a tight, cramped area. If you have solid automotive repair skills and you’re in good physical condition, you can tackle this job yourself. Otherwise, it’s best to seek professional help when changing a starter on a Ford Taurus.

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Things you need

  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Battery wrench
  • Socket set

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  1. 1

    Open the bonnet and disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery with the battery wrench.

  2. 2

    Jack up the right front end of the Taurus and support it on the jack stand. Make sure to position the jack stand under the front frame, but not in a place where it interferes with your access to the starter. The starter mounts to the side of the engine where the engine and transmission bell housing bolt together.

  3. 3

    Climb under the passenger front area and unbolt the starter wiring harness and ground strap from the back side of the starter using the socket set.

  4. 4

    Hold the starter up with one hand while you remove the starter mounting bolts with your other hand, using the socket set. Be sure to keep the weight of the starter supported throughout the bolt removal process.

  5. 5

    Pull the starter out by hand and compare it to the replacement starter. It’s not uncommon to get the wrong starter from the parts store, so make sure the old and new starters are identical in every physical aspect before you go through the effort of installing the new one.

  6. 6

    Hold the new starter in position, thread the mounting bolts through the starter flange and into the engine, then tighten the bolts down with the socket set. Once again, you must support the weight of the starter through this entire process.

  7. 7

    Connect the ground strap and starter wiring harness in reverse of removal and then climb out.

  8. 8

    Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery with the battery wrench.

  9. 9

    Lower the Taurus off the jack stand.

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