Removal of starter on a 1998 windstar van 3.8 motor
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 AT 2:21 PM
WARNING: WHEN SERVICING STARTER MOTOR OR PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE IN THE AREA OF THE STARTER MOTOR, NOTE THE HEAVY GAUGE INPUT LEAD CONNECTED TO THE STARTER SOLENOID IS HOT AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE THE PROTECTIVE CAP IS INSTALLED OVER THE TERMINAL AND IS REPLACED AFTER SERVICE.
Disconnect battery ground cable.
Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
Disconnect starter cable and push-on connector from starter solenoid.
CAUTION: When disconnecting hardshell connector at S terminal, grasp the plastic shell and pull off. Do not pull on wire. Be careful to pull straight off to prevent damage to the connector and S terminal. If any part of the connection is damaged, replace the damaged components.
Remove upper bolt.
Remove lower bolt and starter motor.
Position starter motor to engine and install upper and lower bolts finger-tight.
Tighten the upper mounting bolt to 20-27 N.M (15-20 lb-ft).
Tighten the lower mounting bolt to 20-27 N.M (15-20 lb-ft).
Connect starter solenoid connector. Be careful to push straight on and make sure connector locks in position with a notable click or detent.
Install starter cable nut to starter solenoid B-terminal. Tighten to 9-14 N.M (80-123 lb-in).
Replace red starter solenoid safety cap.
Lower vehicle to floor.
Connect battery ground cable.